For homeowners, furnaces are a necessity, particularly during the winter. Furnaces use forced air to heat the entire house. The furnace’s fuel supply heats the air inside. The heater fan, controlled by the HVAC system, distributes heat throughout the house by drawing hot coolant into the heater core and returning cooled coolant to the system.
Despite being a simple system, several issues can arise that prohibit your heating system from functioning properly. Our experts offer some recommendations for DIY troubleshooting.
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If Your Heater Isn't Working, Try The Following Troubleshooting Steps:
Continue reading to find out what you can do all year to keep your heater from breaking down and what to do if it needs emergency services.
- Check The Clogged Ducts
If your furnace is running in other rooms even though only one or two are cold, look for any holes or branching points in the ductwork you can reach. Any gaps can be filled with metal duct tape. Regular cotton duct tape should be avoided because it can cause duct leaking.
- Ensure The Gas is Turned On
It’s easy to forget to switch off the gas valve, just like the thermostat. You may confirm this by following the gas line from the furnace to the meter. If there is a handle parallel to the gas line, turn it. A pilot light is a common component of older boilers and furnaces. Remove the front panel and the burner lid to check if the pilot light is lit.
- Properly Ventilate The Chimney
Birds or other debris in your chimney exhaust pipe could be the source of the problem. To test this do the following:
- Turn off the furnace and turn the thermostat down.
- Remove the duct and try to inspect it.
- Reassemble the parts in the same order and direction you disassembled.
- Check The ON or OFF Switch
Whether in the attic or a utility closet, your furnace should have a wall-mounted power switch that looks like a light switch. Turn the switch back on to restart your heating system. Your furnace will not operate if it is turned off.
- Examine The Gas Valve
If your home has a gas furnace, it’s possible that the gas was shut off at the end of the previous heating season or that a technician for your HVAC system did it when they were repairing it.
- Any Dirt or Leaves Should Be Removed
Replace any screen mesh on the pipes with a half-inch thick hardware cloth mesh. If ice plugs one of the pipes, you may have a more significant problem. Remove the ice, and call our experts for heater repair in Antelope Valley if you find the problem.
- Check The Thermostat
Although it may appear a simple task, you’d be surprised how often people discover the problem with their thermostats. In some models, declining or dead batteries can cause your system to behave strangely. If a circuit breaker trips, your thermostat may lose electricity.
Are there any ongoing problems with the heater? Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing takes pride in providing trustworthy furnace repairs in Antelope Valley and the surrounding areas. Contact us at 661-947-2653 or email us to get your home warm again.