Troubleshooting Heating Problems: Check the Basics Before Calling the Pros

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Troubleshooting heating problems is very important before you call a service technician to your home. There are two reasons for this; first, the problem may be something that you can fix yourself. Secondly, the better you are at describing what the problem could or could not be, the quicker the service technician will be able to diagnose and fix the problem. This will ultimately save you time and money.

As hard as it is to believe, one of the biggest reasons why you may be experiencing a heating problem in your home is an improperly set thermostat.

The thermostat might be set to “cool” instead of “heat” or, if you have a programmable thermostat, someone may have inadvertently set the program or turned the program off. And of course, someone may have turned the thermostat down, either intentionally or inadvertently. Regardless, checking to make sure that the thermostat is set right is a good place to start.

Other common heating questions arise when your furnace begins making noises that it never made before. Noises can be a sign of any number of things depending on the type of furnace you own. In a boiler system, noisy pipes are often a sign of air build up which can be fixed by using the pressure release (or bleeder) valve to let the air escape the system. In forced air furnaces, the blower motor or ignition system may not be operating properly.

The best thing that you can do when you are experiencing heating problems is to call a qualified service technician immediately. Many problems with your heating system will be too complicated or time consuming to take on yourself. Not to mention many repairs will take you much longer to complete than it will take a professional. And when it comes to heating problems in the winter, time is not a luxury that you can afford.