It can be endlessly frustrating to have your heating system malfunction in some way right when you need it the most. Before you call for professional repair services, though, you should take a few steps to rule some things out.
If your heater isn’t heating, it’s very likely that there’s some sort of issue with it that requires professional repairs. However, there are a few problems that you can actually resolve yourself if you know to look for them. Let’s have a look at some of the things you should check before you call for professional heating services.
This may seem a terribly obvious thing, but you would be amazed at how many heating problems turn out to be just the result of the thermostat being set incorrectly. Typically, it’s due to one member of the household changing the settings without informing everyone else. So, before you pick up the phone, have a look at your thermostat to make sure everything is working properly.
The Circuit Breaker
It’s possible that some sort of electrical issue has actually caused the circuit breaker to trip, disabling your heater in the process. Check the breaker panel and make sure that no circuits are tripped before calling for professional heating repair. If the circuit is tripped, try resetting it and see if that fixes the problem. If the circuit keeps tripping, you may have a bigger issue that needs professional repairs.
The Air Filter
If you’re using a centralized forced air heater, and the system doesn’t seem to be blowing as much air as it should be, then you might have a clogged air filter. Pull the air filter out of the return duct and give it a look. If it appears to be clogged, you should try replacing it and see if that fixes the problem. If the system still isn’t heating, you might need to check somewhere else.
The Pilot Light
It’s rarer for heating systems to have standing pilot lights nowadays, but if you know that yours has one you should check to make sure it’s lit. If not, follow proper procedure to re-light it. If the pilot light isn’t lighting, or is lighting and not staying lit, then you should call a professional to see what the problem is.
All of these are great ways to narrow down the possible reasons why your heater isn’t heating properly. Do keep in mind, though, that if you want to have the issue fixed for certain the best thing to do is to call for a professional contractor. More times than not, that will be the quickest and easiest way to make sure that your heater is restored to proper function. And if it does turn out to be something simple that you can fix yourself, then at least you’ll know to check for that next time.
Southwest Heating and Cooling provides comprehensive heating repair services in Littleton, CO. If you need to have your heater looked at by a professional technician, contact us today to schedule an appointment.