As soon as your heater begins acting strangely, your first response is likely to call for a professional to look at it. This isn’t a bad response at all, and you should definitely trust a professional to handle problems with your heater instead of trying to fix it yourself. Before you make that call, however, you should check these 3 areas first.
The thermostat is the control center for your heater. It is what determines when your heater turns on, how long it stays on, and when it turns off. A malfunctioning thermostat, therefore, can stop even a healthy heating system from operating properly. If your heater isn’t working, check the thermostat. Make sure that it is set to “heat” or “fan,” and that the temperature being displayed correctly. You won’t really be able to tell if the internal components of the thermostat are working correctly. You’ll need a professional to look at it in order to be absolutely sure. The point, however, is to eliminate the possibility of minor issues that can be identified and fixed without expert knowledge.
The Pilot Light
Most combustion-based heating systems make use of a pilot light as the ignition source. The pilot light is a small flame, often located underneath your heater, which is used to start the system when required. Pilot lights are often open, with no protection from air currents or sudden drafts. This contributes to the pilot light’s reputation for blowing out easily, preventing the system from starting. Check your pilot light, if you have one. If the light is out, then relighting it should solve your problem. If you don’t know how to relight your pilot light, any HVAC technician should be able to do it for you.
If you’re using a forced air system and you’re experiencing uneven heating, check the vents in the room having the issue. Vents are often unintentionally blocked by people moving furniture or other objects in a room. If the vents are all clear and you’re still having the issue, call a professional to have a look.
If your heating system is giving you trouble, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. Our heating repair experts cover the entire Everett area.