Our heaters do a great job of keeping our homes warm and toasty during the colder months. Like other appliances, there are bound to be bumps and problems here and there. Some are more minor and can be addressed by changing out a dirty filter or checking the thermostat while others will require professional attention or even a new unit. Here are some common heater problems you may come across.
Heater Not Heating
This is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of factors. We all want our heater to warm up our homes and blow warm air so when it doesn’t, it can be frustrating to troubleshoot. The first place to check is the thermostat. If you have the fan setting turned on, this tells your heater to blow air through the home but not heated air or you might have the thermostat on the wrong setting. These are quick fixes. Other causes include clogged filters or old pilot lights. Ask a technician at Omega Heating and Air to help check and make recommendations.
Furnace Cycles Often
If you notice your heater is turning on and off pretty frequently without making much progress, this is also a sign that something is going wrong. Oftentimes this can be caused by a lack of airflow which means your ducts in the home need a thorough cleaning or that you need to change your air filter. Clogged air filters can cause safety switches to go off to prevent overheating in your system.
Heater Doesn’t Turn On
Heaters that are working properly should turn on whenever the thermostat tells them a certain temperature has been reached. A chilly home is a sign that this might not be happening, and your heater isn’t automatically turning on when it needs to. This issue might just require you to double check the thermostat to make sure it is set at a higher temperature and that it isn’t switched off or switched to the cool setting. It could also be that a breaker was tripped, and you just need to flip a switch to turn everything back on again.
Your heater should be some sort of noise while it’s doing its job. Clicks that signal when it is turning on and even air sounds as the heat is being pushed through the home are normal. However, some noises are not normal and should alert you that something is wrong. These include rattling sounds which could signal that something is loose, rumbling noises, hissing noises, or anything else that sounds abnormal and disruptive. When this happens, you should turn your heater off and have a technician come take a look for you.
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