As a homeowner, one of the biggest things you can do to save money around your home is to learn to be proactive. Spotting problems, and repairing them, before they escalate will help you avoid costly repairs or replacements of major appliances and systems. Your heating system, for example, can be costly to repair if it goes out completely. Learn these troubleshooting steps to prevent a costly disaster.
1. Loud, Unexpected Noises
Heaters, especially older ones, can be noisy, but you shouldn’t hear loud pops or exploding sounds coming from yours. If you hear unexpected, loud noises, you need to call a service professional right away. Sometimes these can be minor problems, like expansion in the ductwork, but other times they are much more serious, such as late ignition causing a small explosion in the system. Ignoring these types of sounds could cause them to turn into something serious quite quickly, and you don’t want to end up with a heating system that no longer works.
2. No Warm Air
If the heater is not blowing out any warm air, you could be facing a few problems. First, try to determine if it is turning on at all. If it does not turn on, or if you find it is turning on and off repeatedly without warming up your home, check the thermostat. It may need to be replaced.
If the thermostat is fine, check the pilot light. If your heater and thermostat appear to be working but you can’t feel any air circulating, you may have a faulty fan or blower. This heating system repair requires a professional touch, because it can be dangerous.
3. Gas Smell
The smell of gas always needs to be addressed. If you smell gas, call an HVAC professional and your natural gas provider. You need someone to check for leaks and fix the source of them as soon as possible. Gas leaks are serious problems that need to be addressed immediately.
4. Dirty Air Filters
Dirty air filters aren’t difficult to spot, but if you don’t replace them regularly, you will work the heater’s blower too hard and put it at risk of going out. You need to replace your air filter every 30 days during the winter months. Remember, every time the heater runs, a little more dirt and debris gets into that filter, and it will begin to lose its effectiveness if you don’t replace it.
If you suspect problems with your heating system, contact our home comfort specialists at Blanton’s Heating & Air to get your questions answered. It’s always safer to get an expert opinion and stop a small problem than to wait until it escalates into a large one.