Common Issues With Your Heater
In the summertime, the last thing you want to think about is your heater, but it could be the best time to have your heater serviced, since everyone else will be worrying about their air conditioner. Not you, though, because you had that taken care of back in the spring, right?
No matter what kind of heater you have, it’s bound to experience some problems from time to time, and you should do your research about which heating repair company you’ll use when you have a problem well before one ever occurs. It really does pay to be prepared, especially in the case of your heating system.
Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating could list at least 100 different reasons why your heater or furnace may be on the fritz, but without looking at it in person, it’s virtually impossible to diagnose a problem. Any company that tells you they know what the problem is before they’ve seen the unit isn’t worth hiring.
We’ve put together a list of the most common problems that we see with heaters. These problems are ones that we look for initially, and if we don’t find a problem with any of these things, we’ll start looking into more complex issues.
This is such an easy problem to fix, but too many people let their filters get disgustingly dirty before they make any attempt to replace them. Dirty filters make it very hard for your heating system to pull air in and push it through your home. You will end up replacing your heating system much too early if you continue to strain it this way.
Taking good care of your heating system means replacing the filters often. You may need to change them once just before winter, or, if you run your system a lot, you may need to replace them more often.
It’s a fact of life that moving parts will wear down over time. Even if you take perfect care of your heating system, it will begin to need minor repairs after several years. Belts, bearings and motors can tear up, causing the system to overheat or for you to lose heating control within your home.
Generally, these are not hard issues to fix. Your heating repair company will simply replace the broken parts. But a really good company will still do a follow-up evaluation to make sure that the damage was limited to the part they replaced.
Ignition Control Malfunctions
The ignition control within your furnace is responsible for igniting the burners inside your heating unit. If there are issues with the ignition control, the entire system could be confused about what it’s supposed to be doing.
Your system either has a hot surface ignition or an intermittent pilot system. Both are electronically controlled, so the problem could be coming from inadequate electrical connections on the way in or bad signals being sent back out. Both are fairly easy for a professional to repair.
Thermostat issues can be isolated, or they can be connected to some other problem. Often, you may think you have a thermostat problem when it’s actually coming from somewhere else.
It’s possible to recalibrate your thermostat yourself. This fixes many thermostat problems and is worth trying before you call out a professional heating repair person. If your thermostat doesn’t respond to recalibration, there may be another issue or your thermostat may need to be replaced.
Leaks can be dangerous and downright deadly. Don’t stay in a home where you think there may be a gas or carbon monoxide leak! Get out and then call 911 to alert the authorities of a possible hazard.
Have your heater tested for leaks each fall before you ever turn the system on. Professional heating repair companies have special testing equipment that can identify harmful gasses in the atmosphere, even if they are odorless and colorless. The company can then repair the leak and have your system back to normal in no time.
For every one of these problems, there’s one simple thing you can do to prevent them in almost every case: Practice regular maintenance on your heating unit!
A full inspection and tune up for your heater will consist of a full exam with diagnostic equipment. Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating doesn’t just rely on testing equipment, though. We also do a physical inspection of the moving parts, thermostat, air vents and ductwork. Your inspection will include carbon monoxide testing and the removal of debris that we think might hinder the heater’s functioning.