When the winter season is here, a heating system brings warmth and comfort to every home. During the coldest months of the year, our homes can be very chilly thus having the need to install a heating system like a furnace, a central unit, or a heat pump to keep our homes warm and cozy.
There are a number of options available in terms of heating systems, the trick is to find the one that will best suit your needs. However, there are instances when your heating system is just not living up to its potential. When this happens, here are some tips to help you determine the issue so that you can improve your system.
It is definitely recommended to hire a professional to identify and fix any problems you may have with your heating system but there are easy fixes you can do if you are comfortable to manage things on your own.
- Ductwork Inspection
One of an essential parts of your heating system is the ductwork. Heat circulates throughout your home via the ductwork. Through time, the ductwork may come loose or may have rips and tears, which can cause less heat to be distributed in your home. Examine all the registers for airflow to pinpoint where the low flow areas are.
When you have fluctuating temperature problems with your heating system, there is a high chance that the problem is with your thermostat. You may need to install new batteries to remedy the dilemma but before doing this, for safety measures, make sure that the power to your furnace is turned off at the main electrical panel. However, if you notice that there are no batteries in your thermostat, it is most likely that you have a low voltage power coming from the heating system. If this is the case, put everything back together and contact your trusted technician. There are newer thermostat models that have a better digital and programmable features, some can be linked to your smartphone too that can give you complete automation while you’re not at home. You may want to consider switching to those thermostats for ease and comfort.
- Electrical Systems
Sometimes, all you need to do is a quick reboot in your system to have it running like normal again. Locate the breaker at the electrical panel and turn it off for about 15 seconds before turning the power back on. Also, if you have an older model of the electrical panel that has an older style of fuse or cartridge design, check if there is a need to replace fuses before performing basic troubleshooting.
- Ignition Check
If your heating system does not produce heat but seems to be operating, the furnace may not be firing. Check if you have fuel as your furnace possibly may run out of it. If this is the case, order some fuel to get your furnace running. Your system may need to have a reset by pushing the reset button or by turning the system power off then on.
If these basic troubleshooting points still do not make your heating system produce heat as you desire, try consulting a licensed professional to make a diagnostic procedure that is best for your system. It is crucial to have a consistent maintenance before and after winter so that your heating system is ensured to be working properly.