Discovering something has gone wrong with your heating system can be an unpleasant surprise, especially when winter’s chill is making you and your family crave a cozy and comfortable home. Unfortunately, no matter what make or model of heater or furnace you have, or how diligently you have maintained it, all heaters eventually break down – usually at the most inconvenient time.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common heating problems and what can cause them to arise.
Problem 1: Your Heater Is Putting out Cold Air
If you feel cool air coming out of your vents when your heater turns on, the first thing you should do is check your thermostat and ensure you have it set to the correct temperature. Try bumping it up a degree or two to see if you notice a difference. Also, make sure you have it set to “auto.” On the “fan on” setting, your fan will run without generating any heat.
If your thermostat is on the correct setting and your heater is still not providing the warmth you need, you could have one of several problems that is causing your heater to blow out cold air, including leaky ductwork, a dirty air filter or a lack of fuel. A trained HVAC professional can help diagnose the reason for this problem and recommend the best solution.
Problem 2: The Heater Is Running Constantly
If your furnace won’t stop blowing hot air, your first step is to make sure your thermostat is set to “auto” instead of “on.” That way, the thermostat will shut off the heat automatically when it reaches your desired temperature.
If your heater still won’t stop running despite being on the correct setting, your problem could be due to a faulty thermostat or a malfunctioning furnace blower. Contact a reliable heating professional immediately for further inspection of the issue.
Problem 3: Your Heater Distributes Warmth Unevenly
If certain rooms of your house are colder than others, there are two primary suspects: dirty air filters and inadequate ductwork. Remember to replace your air filters regularly to keep your system running smoothly. However, if that does not solve the problem, you should call an HVAC technician to inspect your ducts for leaks.
Problem 4: A Burning Smell
Though it’s normal for a heater to have a burnt smell when you first turn it on at the onset of colder weather, if you smell a burning odor coming from your furnace or see smoke coming out of your heater, shut down the system immediately, inspect your system for dust and replace your air filters. If the problem persists after you take those steps, contact your local HVAC specialist.
Save Time and Money on Heating Repairs
You rely on your heater to keep your family comfortable during a chilly Northern Virginia winter. But when something inevitably goes awry, you need to know you can count on a trusted, experienced company to restore your heat and get your home’s comfort levels back to normal. At Freedom Plumbing, we use our equipment and experience to provide quick, honest and transparent HVAC repairs. We are an owner-operated company serving the entire Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Call us to evaluate your heating problems and identify the best solutions to fix them, whether it’s repair or replacement.
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