A heater is essential for keeping your home warm. Even though many heater problems have an easy fix, it is always best to call a professional if you suspect that something is wrong. The following is a list of common heating issues that you may have to deal with.
1- Your Heater is Not Producing Warm Air
Your heater is always supposed to blow warm air. If it is producing cool air, then it is important to make sure that you have your thermostat set to warm and not cool. It is time to call a professional if the thermostat is not the problem. A dirty air filter can cause your heater to blow cool air.
The problem may also be caused by the ductwork. If the ductwork is leaky, then the conditioned air will go outside of your home instead of being distributed throughout your home.
2- Your Heater Will Not Turn Off
The first thing that you should do if your heater is constantly running is to check the thermostat. Your heater can either be set to auto or on. Your heater is designed to run until your home reaches the set temperature if it is set to auto. However, if the thermostat is set to on, then it will continue to run regardless of what the temperature of the home is.
Even if the thermostat is on the right setting, it may still cause problems. It may be broken. That is why it is best to call a professional after you have checked the thermostat. A professional will check to see if the thermostat is the problem and replace it if necessary.
3- The Furnace Creates a Burning Smell
This is something that you should expect when you turn your heater on after it has been off all summer. It is caused by the build-up of dust instead of the furnace. However, the burning smell should not last any longer than a few minutes. A persistent burning smell may be caused by the filter.
Your air filter is supposed to trap the dust and debris so that they do not end up in the HVAC system. However, if the filter is dirty, then it will not be able to trap the dirt and debris. A wiring issue is another thing that can cause your furnace to make a burning smell.
The condenser coils are located outside of your home. If they become dirty, then your motor can overheat. Your heater will also have to work harder in order to reach the desired temperature. Additionally, an overheated motor can produce a burning smell. Blocked vents can cause this problem.
You do not have to be inconvenienced by a malfunctioning heater. If your heater is not producing warm air, will not turn off, or is producing a burning smell, then it is time for you to call a professional. An HVAC company will be able to determine the cause of the problem and offer the appropriate solution so that your home can stay warm.