Assuming you are a homeowner, you most likely will have to go through a heating repair problem sooner or later. Please keep in mind that today’s modern heating systems are complicated and should only be worked on by a professional. If you are trying to repair something that has stopped working, understand you will find potential hazards not only in damaging your heating system, but you run the chance of personal injury. Please leave this type of work to a professional!
This article is meant to familiarize just common heating issues. This way, you are better set to get an estimate, and you may even have the ability to identify a dishonest contractor.
Checking Your Heating System for Problems
In every case as with electrically run systems, the first place to check for a problem is the breaker or fuse box. If a breaker is flipped or a fuse blown, your solution could be as simple as flipping the breaker or replacing the fuse. If that doesn’t fix it, you at least have some information to offer as well as the contractor about your heating system.
Thermostat and Filters
If the problem couldn’t be solved at the breaker or fuse box, the next place to check is your thermostat. Sometimes family and friends will alter thermostat’s settings or even turn it off and forget to tell you. If your thermostat settings are okay, then check your air filters.
Except for specialized electrostatic filters, this is an issue you can take care of yourself. Filters should be changed every thirty to ninety days as a general rule. A filter which has gone longer than this without being changed can affect the air-flow.
Over a long enough time period, dirty filters can cause even more pressing problems with your system. If changing the filter doesn’t fix your issue, it’s time to call a professional.
What is Your Heating System Type
Not every heating system is the same, and different systems have different needs. To narrow down a heating problem, you need to know what sort of heating system you have. These come in 3 types: Heat pumps, furnaces,and boilers.
Heat pumps are becoming a lot more popular because they move warm air to cooler areas, and cool air to warmer areas. These are generally outdoor units in most cases, but there are also some that operate indoors.
Furnaces are simple enough, but telling them apart from boilers can be a little more tricky. Both are found indoors, and typically in an “out of the way” place like attic, garage, basement or (for furnaces) in a closet. The main way to identify a furnace is that they use a fuel like natural gas to heat the air directly and blow it into ventilation ducts.
Boilers, however, heat water that flow through pipes and radiators, which may then either heat rooms, or provide heat that may be blown through duct work. Few homes use room radiator heating anymore. With either boilers or furnaces, and oftentimes heat pumps, natural gas is the standard fuel that is used for heating your home.
Finding The Problem
There are two primary triggers with heating repair problems. One may be that it’s attributable to a faulty installation; the other is poor maintenance.
If you had someone working on your furnace repair recently it is possible they did not adequately fix it, or they may have inadvertently caused another problem.
Once you find a few heating companies you feel can do the work to your satisfaction, ask for a quote. You may be shocked to discover these quotes vary substantially. Once you have a good idea of the perceived quality of work verses the amount you were quoted, you can make a better decision on exactly who to hire.