Troubleshooting a Malfunctioning Heater

How Can Homeowners Deal With a Bad Heater?

About this time of year, heating repair specialists start to get busy again. After a brief lull in business as temperatures stay mild, it is once again time for climate control technicians to start fixing problems. 

This is the time of year when homeowners first start to notice problems with their heaters since the system has been off for two seasons. Unfortunately, too many will fire up the heater only to have a problem. While most people would agree that calling a professional and letting them deal with it is the best course of action, understanding how to troubleshoot a broken heater can save homeowners time and money by avoiding unnecessary calls to professionals. This can also help free up time for the experts since many of the problems that heaters have during this time of year are easily solved. Here is a quick guide to help homeowners implement some easy fixes to save time and restore the home's heat. 

Start With the Thermostat

thermostatThe best place to start troubleshooting a heater that isn’t coming on is the most familiar feature of the climate-control system: the thermostat. Heaters have two main problems that can start with the thermostat. Luckily, homeowners can easily fix the problem. First, during this time of year, many people forget to switch the system from cooling to heating. Every year, professionals must take time to fix this easy problem, so if owners can handle it, everyone wins. 

The second common problem that can be traced to the thermostat during this time of year is the power. Some thermostats are hard-wired into the home, while batteries power others. Thermostats powered by batteries can intermittently fail to turn the heater on at the appropriate time. Replacing the batteries may restore service to the heater. 

Look at the Air Filters 

air filterChanging the air filters is the responsibility of every homeowner. For best results, air filters should be changed every three months, in some cases, more often. Changing the air filters removes dust from indoor air and allows for the free movement of air across the filter. When air filters are dirty and clogged, they slow down air movement. This can lead to inadequate heating around the home. 

Installing clean air filters can allow the heater to heat more efficiently and effectively. If the heater is on but seems to run a while before the home is comfortable, try changing the air filter. 

Verify the Power Sources 

This may be the most obvious suggestion on the list, but heater repair technicians see it every year. A heater that won’t come on can often be traced back to a lack of power. This can be the result of things like: 

  • A shut-off that was accidentally turned off
  • Tripped breaker
  • Closed gas line 
  • Blown fuse

Checking the electrical panel and verifying that the cut-off is turned on should be among the first things owners check before they call a professional. Doing so can prevent unnecessary house calls and allow owners to warm up their homes faster. 

About Chris Wilson Plumbing & Heating Repairs Inc

For those suffering from heating problems, Chris Wilson Plumbing & Heating Repairs Inc is the trusted local expert company. Their teams handle heater repairs and installation for residential and commercial customers. Call today for superior heating service in Seaside, CA. 

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