Some winters are harsher than others. When you face a particularly brutal winter, having a heater is a necessity. However, having a dependable one is even more critical.
There’s a lot that goes into keeping a heater working effectively. Because of this, it’s common for them to break down from time to time. Here are some ways you can troubleshoot your system if it breaks unexpectedly.
Before calling a professional, make sure the thermostat is set to heat instead of cool. While this is an obvious step, often, people forget to check. It is common to have your thermostat set incorrectly. Many systems require you to change the setting to heat manually. Thermostats can get changed just by people brushing it or get shifted during cleaning.
If this is the problem, then changing the setting to heat should fix it. However, if after a few minutes the heat still doesn’t kick in, then you may want to try one of these other troubleshoots.
Clogged filters can sometimes cause the heater to shut off. This is found to be the most common problem with heating issues. You can refer to the owner’s manual to see where the filter is located, how to remove, and how to clean.
Before doing this, remember to turn the heat down and hit the shutoff switch.
Change The Batteries
While many don’t know this. Some thermostats are battery-powered. Typically battery-powered thermostats have a signal that will alert you when the batteries need to be changed.
Check your thermostat to see if yours is battery-powered.
Check the Fuel
If you have a house that runs on gas, then the problem could be that the gas valve is turned off. To figure out if this is the problem, follow the gas line to the furnace meter. From there, make sure all the handles are parallel to the gas pipe. Older appliances may require you to check the pilot light.
Another way to determine if it is the gas, check your other appliances. If those aren’t working either, then gas could be the root cause of your trouble.
Oil is another fuel that could be causing the issue. Check if your oil tank is empty and if it is, schedule a delivery to ensure your home stays cozy. For many homes that use oil, an auto-delivery plan is available. They will track your oil use and make sure you never run out.