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Common Fall Heating Problems

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Common Fall Heating Problems

Surely fall can bring fun memories—going on hayrides, watching foliage, and picking pumpkins. It’s also the time most of us turn our heating unit on for warmth and comfort.

With your desire to heat your home, however, some problems may occur in your heating system and they become more inevitable without proper system maintenance. It is important that you know what these problems are, so you can get around them. Keep reading below!

Frozen Pipes

As the temperature drops, ice forms in your pipes, causing them to freeze up and cease working properly. When this happens, your heating system will start to malfunction and break down. Immediately turn off your water supply system and call a professional to repair the damage.

Broken Thermostat

Sometimes, the problem hides in your thermostat—faulty wiring, dirt buildup, incorrect settings, or dead batteries. Even the slightest misreading of your home’s temperature can affect your system’s operation. You can try these tricks to troubleshoot:

  • Set your thermostat to “heat.” The temperature setting should be high enough for your heating equipment to activate.
  • Check the control screen to see a flashing “low battery” icon. If it shows, promptly replace the device’s batteries. 

If none of these fixes work, upgrading your thermostat to a programmable or digital model that is more accurate and convenient might be your last resort.  

Clogged Drains

Grime, leaves, and mineral deposits can accumulate and block your sewer drains. This can prevent your furnace from functioning properly. Plus, it can cause air quality issues and water leaks. Make sure your drainage system is clear from any debris to avoid these issues from happening.

Leaky Ductwork

Another costly heating problem is leaky air ducts. Check the ductwork in the attic and feel the blowing air. You can also put a lit stick near the ducts, and if the smoke moves, then it means that there’s a leak. Apply mastic or use foil-faced tape to seal the leaks.

Insufficient Heat

An insufficient heat can be caused by a clogged filter or an incorrectly sized system. If your unit is too small, it won’t be able to cope with your home’s heating demands. So, be sure you have the right size of the furnace, and your air filter is replaced regularly.

While a myriad of furnace issues can happen, take time to prepare your system for the harsh cold wave. Remember these common heating problems and fix them as we stated above before the weather gets worse.

If you need help with your unit, All Weather Temperature Control always got your back. Call us when it comes to your comfort needs, and we will take it from there!