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Common Heating Problems When Temperatures Drop

5 Common Heating Problems Homeowners Face

Is there anything worse than a home heating system that won’t work when temperatures drop and it gets quite cold in the house? Even though most areas of Florida aren’t typically faced with freezing or below freezing temperatures, you still want to be comfortable in your own home when cooler weather rolls into town, right? Well, in order to stay cozy all winter long, familiarize yourself with some of the common heating problems below!

1 - The System Won’t Kick On

This one is atop the list of common heating system problems. There are a few reasons why a heating system won’t kick on — whether it’s because the thermostat is not set to “heat,” the room temperature is already above the set temperature on the thermostat, the pilot light has gone out, or the filter is dirty or clogged — you could be left shivering.

In order to avoid these issues, it’s important to check your thermostat’s settings and clean or replace the filter regularly. For more serious and/or dangerous issues, like a pilot light that needs to be re-lit or other mechanical problems, be sure to call in an expert to perform heating system repairs right away!

2 - The Filter Is Dirty Or Clogged

Adequate airflow is the key to a properly functioning heating system and all of the air that flows through it must pass through the filter. If the filter is dirty or clogged, airflow will be restricted which could make the system work even harder than it should be. A variety of problems can arise as a result of a malfunctioning filter so it’s vital to clean or change them roughly once a month.

3 - Ductwork Leaks

Unfortunately, this problem isn’t so easy to detect. After all, your ducts probably aren’t visible without taking a proactive approach. With that said, you can check for leaks by heading up into the attic, or wherever your ducts are located, and feeling around them for blowing air. These types of air leaks can cause you to spend lots of extra money on utility bills each month and could cause your home to heat unevenly.

4 - The Thermostat Isn’t Responding

Changing the temperature on the thermostat only to realize the system isn’t responding? This could mean the wires have become disconnected or that the thermostat needs to be recalibrated. It could also indicate there is a tripped circuit that needs to be reset.

5 - There’s No Fuel

It may come as no surprise that your heating system needs a fuel source to operate. Whether it’s electric, natural gas, propane or oil, if you run out of fuel the system won’t work. You may notice that it’s blowing cold air, you might smell strange odors or strong fumes or it may not turn on at all.

While most of these issues can be repaired without too much fuss, if your heating system is approaching 15 years of age, it could mean it’s time for a new system. Either way, we can help you diagnose the issue and recommend a number of solutions that make the most sense for your home and for your wallet.

Heating Repair & Installation in Clearwater

Is your furnace on the fritz? Have you noticed a spike in your utility bills when you use your heating system? Performance Air Conditioning, Electrical & Plumbing is here to provide you with the solution you require.

When you hire our Clearwater heater repair and installation specialists, you will receive expert advice, quality workmanship, and exceptional customer service. All of our techs are licensed, insured, and bonded, and we only use the highest quality parts and equipment. Also, we always provide upfront and written quotes so that you do not have to worry about hidden fees. Call us today at (727) 877-1294.