Heating issues are never fun to deal with, especially during the cold days. Before you call a heating professional to take a look at your system, though, you might want to check a few things first. You never know, it might be that your heating system just needs a couple quick tweaks in order to return to working properly. Have a look at the following things before you call for heating repair.
The amount of times we’ve been called to repair a heating system, only to find that the “problem” was the result of a thermostat setting, would amaze you. Before you assume that your heater failing to start or not heating enough is the result of a problem, go ahead and check your thermostat to make sure that it’s set properly. It’s possible that someone else in your home set it differently and didn’t tell you, or that it just needs some new batteries. If the thermostat appears to be working fine, you might need to look elsewhere to find the issue.
The Air Filter
Many homeowners aren’t even aware that their heating systems have air filters. If you’re using a centralized forced air heater, though, you almost certainly have one. The air filter is located in the air return duct for the heating system. Locate it, remove it, and see if it’s clogged with debris. If so, you probably need to replace it to allow the system to circulate air properly. If you don’t know how to replace it, contact a professional and they’ll be happy to walk you through it.
The Circuit Breaker
It’s possible that something overloaded the circuit that your heating system was using, causing the circuit breaker to trip and cut off power. Check the circuit breaker to make sure that everything is set to the “on” position. If so, then the problem is somewhere else. If not, reset any tripped circuits and see if that fixes the problem. If your circuit breaker continues to trip, that could indicate a more serious electrical issue that you need to resolve.
The Pilot Light
If you’re using a gas-burning heating system, then it uses some sort of ignition part to start the combustion process. That could be a standing pilot light, as is the case with many older systems, or some sort of electrical ignition system. If it’s a standing pilot light, you should be able to check and see if it’s still burning. No pilot light, no way for the system to burn gas to generate heat. If the pilot light is out, try relighting it. If the pilot light won’t relight, or does and doesn’t stay lit, then you’ve probably found the issue. You’re going to need to have a professional take a look at the system if it’s not lighting properly, though.