Troubleshooting Common Problems With Your Residential Heating System

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While many of the issues that you may experience with your residential heating system will ultimately require the services of a professional HVAC contractor to repair, some of the most common problems can be easily troubleshot on a DIY basis. If you are experiencing any of the common problems described below, taking the time to try and troubleshoot these issues on your own could potentially get your system back up and running faster and save you some cash on heating repairs in the process.

Cool Air Coming From Vents

There are two common issues that can be easily resolved which may result in cool air being pumped through your heating vents. The first of these issues is improper thermostat settings. If you notice that your heating system sometimes blows warm air and sometimes blows cool air, this is likely the cause of your problem. To correct the issue simply ensure that your fan setting on your thermostat is set to auto rather than being in the on position.

The other issue that often results in a heating system blowing cool air is a pilot light that has gone out. In order to correct this issue, you will need to relight the pilot light. The exact process to complete this task can vary depending upon the model of furnace you have. However, instructions to ignite the pilot light can typically be found on the inside cover of your furnace.

Not Enough Air Pressure

Another common problem that people experience is a lack of air pressure coming through their heating vents. This problem is often tied to a heating system that is struggling to take in enough air. In order to correct this problem, begin by making sure that you have a clean filter in your furnace. If the filter is dirty, you will need to replace it. Next, be sure that all of your vents are free from debris and are not being blocked by furniture. This includes all of your air return vents as well. By increasing the amount of air your heating system can take in, you should see an increase in the amount of air pressure the system is able to put out as well. 

A Final Thought

If you have attempted to troubleshoot the problems with your heating system with limited or no success, you will want to reach out to a professional repair contractor right away to have these issues resolved. This is very important since putting off the necessary repairs can result in further damage to your heating system or a total system failure that will ultimately be more time-consuming and expensive to repair. 

For more information on residential heater repair, contact a company like HEATCOOL 1 to learn more.