Your heating system is far more than a luxury during the winter, when temperatures drop far below freezing. Without a reliable furnace or boiler, your home will soon resemble an icebox, which creates a health and safety risk above and beyond the comfort of your family. If you experience any kind of heating problem this winter, you should turn off the system and call in a repair technician immediately.
It’s also important to note that you should never attempt to diagnose or repair a faulty heating system yourself. Doing so requires proper training and licensing, and without those things, even the most enterprising layman will likely end up doing more harm than good. It’s enough to simply note that your system is having trouble—and anything that doesn’t correspond to the system’s normal functioning means trouble—then call in a professional to help.
It can be useful to understand the potential causes of heating repair calls, however. In some cases, they can be solved simply by checking the breaker box to see if the power has been turned off, or adjusting a misaligned thermostat, which can save you a lot of trouble.
Potential causes can run to almost anything: any component in the system that’s malfunctioning or causing issues can create a problem. There are, however, several common signs of trouble that any layman can identify. They recur over multiple different issues and can be readily spotted if you know what to look for. They can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Refusal to Turn On. This is a pretty obvious sign of a problem. In some cases, it may just be a power issue or a thermostat problem, which means you can correct it yourself pretty quickly. If it’s something more, it’s usually because a safety feature has turned on to prevent the spread of gas or a similar problem in your home. It alerts you to the problem, but you’ll still need a professional to get it fixed in those cases.
- Low Heat Levels. Cool air or air that is insufficiently warm will force your heater to work harder than it should to warm your home. It can be caused by something as simple as a clogged burner, or as complicated as a breach in your ducts somewhere.
- Low Air Flow. When the fan has problems—usually with the motor but sometimes with the fan blades themselves–it can reduce the flow of air to the unit. The same thing happens if there’s a block or a breach in the ducts. It’s a problem because it again forces the system to work harder than it should. In addition, low airflow usually means the hot air is stuck in the furnace, which means that key components may overheat if it continues to run.
- Short Cycling. Heaters use far more energy turning on and turning off than they do simply running. If the heater is turning on and off rapidly multiple times, it’s a sign of serious trouble.
For quality heating repair services in Shawnee, KS, call on MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling today.