Common Heating Problems

Posted by | June 12, 2014 | Posts | No Comments

1. Thermostat issues
Thermostats are a common source of heating problems. Thankfully, thermostats are usually not very expensive to replace. Any of the following symptoms could mean that your thermostat is malfunctioning:

*Room temperature does not match thermostat setting

When room temperature is noticeably higher or lower than the set temperature on the thermostat, it could mean that the thermostat is not calibrated, or it is installed near a heat source or a drafty window, causing it to receive a faulty reading.

*Heat pump cycles on and off too frequently

If your heat pump cycles off and on too frequently, and your blower and filters are clean, then your thermostat is probably the culprit.

*Heat pump blower runs continuously

This could be an indication of a malfunctioning thermostat, or the limit switch on the heat pump itself could be broken.

*Room temperatures fluctuate drastically

If you have your thermostat set at one level and your room temperature is going up and down more than 3 degrees F, the heat anticipator on your thermostat may be broken or need adjusting.

2. Drafts or insulation problems

Leaking windows, drafty doors, and overall poor insulation are major causes of heating problems. Homeowners waste hundreds of dollars a year on heating and cooling because of poor insulation.

3. Carbon monoxide leaks

Older furnaces (10 to 15 years old) have a higher likelihood of having a rusted heat exchanger which could have miniscule cracks, leaking carbon monoxide. It is very important to have a carbon monoxide detector, to make sure to have your furnace checked, and to have the heat exchanger examined for rust and cracks. Sometimes the cracks are very small and difficult to spot, so at a very minimum, a carbon monoxide detector is vital when dealing with a gas furnace. The certified professionals at AbleAir-1 can install a carbon monoxide detector and check out your furnace. Your furnace should be checked biannually to prevent problems—ask about our competitive maintenance plans.

4. Air flow problems causing some rooms to be warmer or colder than others

You may be able to solve this problem by manually adjusting the vents in your home (opening or closing a vent just a bit). However, overall flow problems are often caused by clogged or dirty filters and coils. You should invest in your HVAC system by having it maintained biannually, which will also extend its life. AbleAir-1 offers affordable maintenance packages that will prevent this problem.

5. Heating system pilot light or ignition control problems

When your heat goes off suddenly it’s often because of a malfunctioning pilot light or ignition control. Because of the potential danger involved, this is not a job that the average homeowner should undertake. Call our certified heating technician at Langford’s Mechanical Services for immediate assistance.

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