Autumn is here. With the temperature dropping, your home heating system becomes vital to your daily life. But what if it doesn't function as expected? It can be a pain to deal with problems with your heating, but knowing how to troubleshoot these common problems can save you time and money. Here's a quick guide to help you get started and when to call in the professionals.
Common Heating Problems
No Heat or Insufficient Heat
No heat is probably the most common issue homeowners face. The reasons could be several - from a malfunctioning thermostat to a faulty pilot light. After ensuring the thermostat’s temperature is set higher than your home’s current temperature, inspect your pilot light. If it's out, your heater won't work.
If some rooms are warmer than others, it could be due to blocked air vents or ducts, or an unbalanced system. Make sure all vents are open and unobstructed. If this doesn't resolve the issue, you might need a professional to balance your system.
If your furnace is making unusual noises, it could indicate a mechanical problem. Listen carefully. Squealing could mean a belt issue, while banging could suggest an ignition problem.
If your system frequently turns on and off, it might be due to a dirty filter, improper airflow, or a bad thermostat setting. Regularly change your filters and ensure there's nothing blocking the airflow.
When to Troubleshoot
Troubleshooting can be done for simple issues like checking the thermostat settings, ensuring the circuit breaker is on, or replacing a dirty filter. These are tasks that don't require professional skills and can be safely performed by homeowners. However, don’t perform any troubleshooting that can damage your system more. Professionals are trained to troubleshoot any problem with your heating.
How the Professionals at Anytime Heating and Cooling Can Help
If your heat is insufficient despite the thermostat being set correctly, if there's a persistent unusual noise, or if the pilot light is out and won't relight, it's time to call a professional.
Even if your system is working well, regular maintenance is crucial for your heating system's longevity and efficiency. Scheduling an annual maintenance check can help prevent future issues and ensure your system is ready for the colder months.
At Anytime Heating and Cooling, we help repair your heating system when it’s not working properly and perform regular maintenance to safeguard you and your family’s comfort.
Schedule an appointment with us at (618) 520-4240 or online.