The Top Heating Repairs You May Need this Winter
Many homeowners spend a large part of the winter worried about heater repair. However, you don’t have to be intimidated by the potential for problems with your furnace. Many repairs are straightforward to deal with. If you’re not sure what furnace repairs you need, call us at Neerings. We’ll have a heating service professional to your home quickly to help you get your heater working again.
Air Filter Problems
When your air filter gets dirty, your furnace has to work harder and harder to get the air that it needs to heat so your home can stay warm. If the furnace can’t get enough air, it won’t pump enough heat into your home to keep you warm! Change your filter at least once a year (and preferably every 3 months) so your furnace doesn’t have to overwork itself. This can extend its lifespan and help it heat your home more effectively.
Get a New Thermostat
If the temperature in your home fluctuates a lot or your heater is turning off and on rapidly, the problem might actually be with your thermostat. It might be located in the wrong place or just not communicating well with your furnace. Either way, getting a new thermostat can solve the problem. While you’re at it, it might be time to upgrade to a smart thermostat so you can save money and monitor how you use energy.
Clean the Air Ducts
If the air that your furnace pumps out can’t circulate throughout your home, it can’t help you stay warm. When you suspect that dust and debris are keeping the warm air from getting to you, call us for a professional duct cleaning. We’ll get the debris out so your hot air can flow freely once again.
Clear Out the Vents
Just as debris in your air ducts can cause problems, debris blocking your furnace vents can keep your heater from working effectively, too. You can always install a mesh screen over the vents where they lead to the outside of your house, but you’ll need to clean these screens, too.
Fix the Pilot Light
If the pilot light on your furnace isn’t working well, your furnace won’t be able to heat your home effectively. On gas furnaces, the pilot light should always burn blue. This indicates that it is getting plenty of oxygen. If it looks yellow, there’s an oxygen restriction somewhere. This may not seem like a big problem but it can become a fire hazard under the right circumstances. You may have a dirty air intake valve or need a different furnace repair to fix the problem.
Double Check All Switches and Breakers
If the furnace isn’t working, check to make sure it’s turned on before you call us for heater repair. Most furnaces have a wall switch nearby the unit. If it accidentally gets hit, your furnace won’t work. You can also check your circuit breakers to make sure they didn’t get flipped. Some furnaces have a switch inside the front panel that covers the blower motor. If the panel isn’t inserted properly, the unit won’t run.
At Neerings, we would be happy to come help you with any of these issues or find other problems with your furnace or heater and fix them. We’ll get to work on your furnace repair fast so you can get warm again soon!