When the cooler months come, finding out that your heater is not up to the task of keeping your home comfortably warm is an unwelcome surprise. To prevent this from happening, make sure you are correctly maintaining your heating system by replacing the filter regularly and operating it in accordance with its specifications. Although you can attempt to diagnose and correct the problem yourself, it's better to contact an experienced heater repair professional to repair your heater, as improper installation of furnace equipment can be a fire hazard.
Perform Routine Maintenance Before Checking For More Serious Problems
Replace the air filter on your furnace, especially if you haven't done so in a while. A clogged air filter both reduces the amount of air taken into the heater and reduces the output of air. Not only will this impact the heating performance of your furnace, but it represents a potential fire hazard. Furnaces with insufficient airflow can become hotter than they were designed for under normal operating conditions, which both increases the risk of fire and reduces the lifespan of the furnace.
Ensure The Heater Has Adequate Airflow
Check every vent in your home to see if any air (whether hot or cold) is being blown out of it. You should keep every vent in your home in an open position; the heater in your home is designed to heat the specific amount of square footage in your home, so closing vents disrupts the amount of airflow for your heater to handle. If your vent is in an open position and no air is blowing through it, you likely have an obstruction in the ventilation system and will need to contact a heater repair professional to inspect your vents.
Know That Cold Air Isn't Always A Sign Of A Problem
It's natural for the air coming from the heater to feel cool to your hand. Energy-saving heaters will only heat air to around eighty degrees Fahrenheit in order to save energy; heating air to higher temperatures is less efficient and results in drastically higher energy bills without making your home noticeably warmer.
In addition, when you first start your heater you may feel it blowing cold air out of the vent. This is also normal, because heaters are designed to start operation with a defrost cycle in order to melt any ice that may have collected on the coil. The heater will blow cold air for a period of time before beginning normal operation of the heating element. If your heater continues to blow cold air and never switches the heating element on, it may indicate a problem with the internal thermostat of the heater or with the heating element itself. You will need to contact a heater repair professional to diagnose and correct the problem.
If your heater is not adequately heating your home, it's a good idea to contact a professional rather than to attempt to fix the problem yourself as there are a number of things that can go wrong when amateurs attempt repairs on their own; accidentally cracking the heat exchanger while installing a new heating element can cause carbon monoxide leaks and improperly installed thermostats or heating elements can cause fires.Share
14 June 2017
The quality of the air in your home is something that you should keep in mind every day. If the air that you breathe each day is filled with impurities, it can cause you to get sick more often and complicate matters if anyone in your home suffers from asthma or allergies. This blog is all about purifying the air in your home. You will learn everything about filtration systems and filters for your heating system to what you can do around the home to keep the air as clean as possible and create a healthy living space for your family.