Home Heating System Repair And Maintenance Tips
Depending on the source that heats your home (sources include: forced air, electric heating, boiler, radiant heat, or other mechanisms) you may be able to get the heating repairs done yourself. The maintenance of your heat source is essential if the furnace is to be kept running properly.
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Air Filters and Duct Leak
According to Ocean Plumbing and Heating, hanging and cleaning the filters should be done every 3-6 months, especially during the winter season, when the heater is in full use. If your heating source has a dirty filter, the heater will work harder to produce the hot air, which, in turn, will cause some of the other parts to wear out quicker. If the filter is clogged, your heater will cease to work entirely.
This is generally an easy repair to do, and can be done by the homeowner or the person who rents the property. While checking or changing the filter, you should also check all the duct work to make sure there are no leaks. Do this with the heater turned on, so that you can feel for leaks. If you prefer, you can call in a professional to check it for you and do any maintenance that is needed.
If the blower in your furnace runs non-stop, you will need to have it checked. There are two primary things that can cause this problem: (1) the thermostat on the wall or (2) the switch on the unit itself. The first thing to check in this heating repair situation is the fan switch on the thermostat. Make sure it is set to “auto.” If it is set to on, change it and see if the blower stops once the room is heated. Also check the switch on the unit itself to make sure it is set to manufacturer’s specifications.
If your furnace is producing insufficient heat, it could either be a fairly straight forward repair, or something you will need to contact a professional about. You need to first make sure that nothing is blocking the air flow, that the thermostat is set properly, and that all of the heating vents are open. If you find that nothing I just mentioned is the cause of the problem, it is highly advised that you call a pro.
Calling the Pros
Heating maintenance is fairly simple to perform and some heating repair issues are also simple. If you do not feel confident in doing the maintenance and repairs yourself, then you are always free to hire a professional.
When it comes to finding someone to service your furnace, you choose either an independent contractor or a heating repair company. Both are qualified to perform both the routine maintenance on your heating unit and to fix anything that may need to be replaced or repaired. The choice really comes down to your budget and peace of mind.