Common Heating System Problems and How to Avoid Them
As we quickly descend into the depths of Winter, the last thing you need are heating system problems.
But, the truth is, there are a variety of different things that can go wrong with your heating system. And, those things won’t wait around for the Summer to come before they strike.
Sometimes, they happen just at that moment when we least want them to.
Heating System Problems – The Good News
But, before you despair, there is some good news in all of this.
The reality is that there are some common heating system problems that arise that you can avoid with a little bit of prior knowledge and expertise.
Now, before you begin to wonder where that know-how and inspiration is going to come from, relax.
We’ve got you covered.
When it comes to heating systems problems, there are some usual suspects. We’re not only going to share those problems with you, we’re going to advise you on how to avoid them before they ever even arise.
Ready for your crash course in all heating system problems?
Great! Let’s dive right in.
Common Heating System Problems and How to Avoid Them
1. Lack of Maintenance
Did you know that some of the most common heating system problems emerge because the system itself hasn’t received adequate maintenance? And, as a result, there’s a super simple solution to stopping problems before they ever get a chance to appear.
Always ensure that you schedule regular maintenance of your heating system, and check the air ducts and the air filters yourself for any obvious signs of damage.
As with any major piece of machinery in your home, your heating system needs regular inspections and cleaning if it’s to stay on course and warm your house year after year.
2. Wear and Tear
Because we use our heating systems so much, especially during the cold Winter months, it’s common for heaters to become less efficient, and even to malfunction entirely because of constant use.
This problem can be flagged ahead of time by making sure that signs of wear and tear are spotted well in advance – another reason for regular maintenance.
It also pays to be aware of this potential problem when using your heating system in general. In this instance, knowledge is power, and you can use that knowledge to ensure that you don’t overuse your heating system again.
3. Dirty or Clogged Filters
Dirty or clogged air filters can quickly lead to significant heating system problems.
Some of these problems include:
- Difficulty in circulating air, resulting in reduced air flow
- Damage to the limit switch which controls the fan
- Debris such as dust and pollen entering the system and reducing the air quality in your home
Some of the factors that lead to clogged filters include whether or not you have pets, how much pollution exists in the area around your home, and how often you regularly check your filters.
To avoid these problems from becoming costly, always check your filters to make sure they’re clean. We would also recommend swapping air filters regularly in order to keep the system working to its optimum levels for as long as possible.
4. System Turning on and Off Continually
Sometimes you may notice that your heating system is turning on and off continually. Often, the solutions to this problem are not costly.
There are two main reasons for this heating system problem:
- Dirty air filters
- Faulty Thermostats/Bad thermostat setting
If it’s a dirty air filter problem, you can fix this by cleaning the filter and ensuring that you regularly swap filters.
If it’s a thermostat problem, check that your thermostat is set to a proper level. Next, make sure that the system unit isn’t in direct sunlight.
You should also ensure that the system is not placed near any other heat source.
If the air filters are clean, and the thermostat is working properly, it’s time to call in the experts.
5. No Heat or Inadequate Heat
The whole reason to have a heating system is so that you can have heat, right?
But, what happens when your heating system problem is an actual heating problem?
If you’re not getting any heat and your pilot light or ignition control is on, your heater may have thermostat or power issues. Check these first.
And, if the problems go deeper than simple thermostat or power issues, you will need professional advice.
6. Pilot Light Is Out
When your pilot light is out, the fix can sometimes be as easy as getting the light back on.
In most cases, the manufacturer will have posted easy to follow for your particular system on the equipment.
Follow these instructions rigorously. If the problem persists, call in some expert help.
7. A Burning Smell
If you get a burning smell, this signals a heating system problem and you should shut the system off and unplug it immediately.
In some cases, the burning smell may be coming from something simple like a dirty air filter or a buildup of dust.
Inspect for these problems first. If you find that it’s a blockage problem, you can unblock the filter and the smell will go.
If it’s not a simple issue with the filter, don’t take any chances and seek the help of professionals.
8. Blower Motor Running Constantly
This is a common heating system problem and you’ll know its present if you hear the furnace running nonstop for a long time.
Your first step here is to check the thermostat. If it’s turned up high, try turning it down as the furnace may just be trying to supply a high demand for heat.
If this does not appear to be the problem, you’ll need further advice.
9. Heater Blowing Cold Air
So your heater is blowing cold air? What gives?
Firstly, turn off the furnace and check for any blockages to the blower. Often, you can fix this problem by simply moving any debris build-up.
If this doesn’t fix the problem, there may be a faulty heating element at work. In this case, the heating element will need to be replaced by qualified professionals.
Heating System Problems – Quick Fixes on Hand
So, there you have it. You can now consider yourself well-versed in the most common heating system problems.
In many cases, you will be able to prevent these problems from ever happening, or you’ll be able to fix them yourself.
When the issue is more than you can handle, or if you need emergency assistance, do get in touch.
We’re highly professional, trained experts, and we’re always happy to help.
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