Why Isn’t My Heater Working?
Because we only use the heater for part of the year, it’s often a surprise to us when we find that our heating equipment isn’t working. We envision big service bills, long waits for parts, and the fear that we may need a costly replacement. Fortunately, it’s not always a big problem that causes your heat not to work; your HVAC professional can often fix the issue easily, quickly, and affordable.
Reasons Your Heater Isn’t Working
Exactly what is – or isn’t – happening with your system? Is it blowing cold air or no air? Is the house reaching the desired temperature slowly or not at all? Has this happened before or is it new? Answering questions like these can help pinpoint the problem with your heat.
Your heater can refuse to work for any number of reasons; here are just a few:
- A dirty, clogged filter can impede airflow and even cause your system to blow cold air.
- Loose or broken wiring can shut your heating system down while also presenting a fire hazard.
- A worn or broken thermostat can keep your house from getting warm, or keep your unit from coming on at all.
- For a gas furnace, check that the pilot light is on; if so, there could be a problem with your gas lines.
- If the unit comes on, but doesn’t blow any air, you may need a new blower motor or other parts.
What to Do if Your Heater Isn’t Working
Once you’ve turned on your heating system and determined that it’s not working, take a minute to check the easy stuff. Is the power of the unit turned on? Is there gas in the tank? Is the thermostat set to heat? Is the filter clean? If the answer to any of these is “no,” correct the situation and try again; for example, replace the dirty filter with a new, clean one. Often, fixing a small problem like this will resolve the issue.
If fixing any or all of these concerns don’t result in warm air flowing through the house and forcing out the winter chill, call a professional HVAC service technician for help.
Why Do I Need a Professional?
A professional HVAC technician can pinpoint the problem with your heating system and fix it correctly; he will also do the work right the first time. You won’t have to worry that the repair wasn’t done properly or permanently. In addition, you’ll have peace of mind, knowing that your system is in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing; your highly rated service technician has been educated and trained to keep your heating working efficiently, safely, and all winter long.