With the winter heating season underway, it’s important to be attentive to problems with your home heating system. If you haven’t had a tune-up, it’s wise to invest in the service before the season advances much more to be sure that your equipment is optimized for safe and efficient operation. This investment can help to protect your family from a heating fire, the number two cause of residential fires. It can also guard against carbon monoxide poisoning, a serious issue linked to combustion appliances and systems in the home. Additionally, you will want to know some basic furnace troubleshooting steps and common boiler problems so that you can assess system malfunctions right away.
If your furnace isn’t operating correctly, it’s helpful to consider the symptoms as you troubleshoot. In some cases, the symptom is a great indicator of DIY fixes that may be possible. Some of the common questions about equipment problems include:
- Does the unit turn on? Check your thermostat settings to make sure that there is a call for heat, raising the level above the currently recorded room temperature. Check the thermostat battery as well.
- Are you feeling cold air in part or all of the house? Verify that there is a supply of fuel and electricity to the furnace. Check the pilot, gas valve and fuse box.
- Is there an issue with the strength of the airflow? Make sure that your air filter isn’t clogged and that there aren’t obstructions in the vents.
- Is the unit turning on and off again quickly? A clogged air filter could contribute to this short-cycling occurrence.
You can attempt a system reboot if you don’t experience success with these measures. Lower the temperature setting on your thermostat to below the room temperature so that there isn’t a call for heat. Disconnect the electricity to the system by shutting off the switch at the fuse box or pulling the plug to the system. Wait for several minutes, and turn on the power again. Raise the heat setting above room temperature to see if the system will initiate. If this isn’t successful after a couple of attempts, then contact a home heating services contractor for assistance.
Common Boiler Problems
Many of the same troubleshooting steps used to diagnose a furnace are appropriate in checking your boiler. The primary exception is that you may face issues with water flowing properly through the pipes, and airflow isn’t a concern. In addition to checking the thermostat, pilot, fuel and electricity, you will want to take note of leaks in the area of your equipment. If you can’t resolve the issue by checking these factors and attempting a reset of the system, then a home heating contractor will need to assist.
Air Force Heating and Air provides 24-hour emergency service, an important factor if you need to get your system fixed during the iciest days of the year. We also provide system optimization, a wise pre-season investment to keep problems at bay. You can contact our representatives in Pine Mountain, GA, for assistance in scheduling an appointment today.