If they haven’t already, soon Texas residents will throw another log in the fire pit and turn on their furnaces for the first time since last winter. Isn’t it great to live in a state where we can enjoy our outdoor living spaces almost year-round?
What no one enjoys is turning on the furnace and discovering heating problems.
While Texans deal with weather issues unique to our state, there’s nothing unique about our heating system problems. Take a minute and read today’s post about the top 3 heating problems most homeowners face and how you can fix them.
You Have No Heat
There’s nothing more frustrating on a chilly evening than a turning on the heat and getting nothing but silence. You don’t even get cold air because the system doesn’t kick on. When this happens, check the following:
- Dirty Air Filter
- Tripped or Blown Circuit Breaker
- Pilot Light Is Out
- Faulty Electronic Ignition
We’re always happy to come out when a customer has no heat. We do get a few calls each year for broken heating systems and when we arrive we find the thermostat set to COOL rather than HEAT. Make sure you set your thermostat to HEAT and AUTO and set the temperature higher than the current room temperature.
The best thing to do when you don’t have heat and can’t figure out why on your own is to call us!
Not Enough Heat
We hate to sound like a broken record, but a dirty air filter is a likely suspect when you don’t have enough heat.
If you have a filter clogged up with dust, pet hair, and other trapped debris, air can’t move over the heat exchanger. This makes it hard for your furnace to warm your home.
Leaky ducts can also interfere with your furnace and its ability to warm your home.
Ductwork sometimes develops cracks and broken seals, which allows warm air to escape. As part of your regular HVAC maintenance program, your tech will check the ductwork, but you can also inspect yourself it in-between visits.
Your Heating Bills Are Ridiculously High
While high energy bills won’t prevent your furnace from operating, they do indicate a problem.
If you never change the filter, don’t get regular cleanings, and avoid visits from your HVAC technician, your system won’t run efficiently. An inefficient heating system uses more energy and generates a higher energy bill.
That high heating bill could also mean its time for an upgrade.
The average useful life of a furnace today is around 10-15 years. If your unit is older than that, it’s time to at least consider upgrading to a more efficient furnace.
Do Not Let Heating Problems Get You Down
If you’re experiencing issues with your furnace, check for a dirty air filter, a faulty thermostat, a tripped circuit breaker, or an ignition problem. We know troubleshooting only helps so much, but don’t let a furnace issue get the best of you.
Our team is available 24/7 to help you with heating problems. Contact us today. We’re only a phone call or a click away.