HeatingSteps to Take When Your Heating System Breaks Down

February 20, 2017

 

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Here in the midst of winter, we need our heating systems to function as expected all the time. A sudden breakdown can be a cause for panic, since it can turn your home into an icebox within a matter of hours. This is especially the case for rural residents, who must often wait for a repair service to get there. Not to worry. Our trained team is on call 24/7 and can perform repair services on your malfunctioning heater any time, day or night. And before that happens, you can perform some troubleshooting steps yourself to ensure that a repair service is actually what you need.

Troubleshoot First

No laymen should ever attempt to repair a problem with a heating system. Proper licensing and experience is required, especially with gas-lit furnaces. Gas leaks can be dangerous, as can problems with the electrical system (which almost every heater uses in some capacity or another). Any attempt on your part to directly correct the problem could easily make things worse, and may even pose a safety risk to you and your household.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t perform a few basic troubleshooting steps when your furnace is running into problems. At the very least, it will help the technician diagnose the issue more quickly, and in some cases, it could even spare you the cost of repairs completely.

If Your Furnace Won’t Turn On

If your furnace won’t turn on at all, the first step is to check the thermostat to make sure it’s functioning as it should. In some cases, some family member may have made alterations to the settings, causing it to turn off unexpectedly. It’s even possible that someone inadvertently turned off the heat by brushing past the thermostat. In that case, a quick adjustment can fix the problem.

If that’s not the solution, then the next step is to check your breaker box. An electrical surge from outside the home may have triggered the breaker switch, shutting off power to the heater. If that is the case, resetting the breaker should solve the problem, and restore heating to your home. If the breaker switch is triggered again, then the problem likely lies somewhere in your heater’s electrical system and a trained repair technician should be the one to deal with it.

If Your Furnace Works, But There’s Trouble

Problems with your furnace may not necessarily entail a shutdown. For example, it could be making a strange noise that you don’t like, or the air from the furnace could be less warm than it usually is. In these cases, it pays to take careful note of the symptoms and then turn the heater off. Allowing it to continue to run will only increase the damage being caused. Then call in a repair service and explain the symptoms you detected (along with the location where they occurred). That allows the technician to pinpoint the problem more quickly and get your heating system back up to speed.

Call on Overland Park, KS’s best heating service to handle problems with your furnace: MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling!

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