Running your furnace for a better part of the year comes at a high cost. Every homeowner strives to keep their heating costs down while maintaining the comfort delivered by their furnace. It is not always an easy process because some heating costs come from unexpected repair needs. Before calling in the heater experts, troubleshooting furnace problems can solve some HVAC issues.
Here are some gas heater repair tips that can help you quickly fix common heating system problems.
The Furnace Does Not Run
Sometimes, you switch on the heater, but it will not run. Power failure, circuit breaker trips, gas supply issues, motor overload, and pilot light failures often cause the problem.
Troubleshoot heater powering issues first by checking for tripped circuits and blown fuses. Check all panels including the main entrance, separate entrance, and in furnace circuits. Resetting the circuit breaker and replacing blown out fuses should fix the problem.
Check whether all the furnace switches are turned on; your furnace might have an additional switch on its body or near it. Reboot the unit by turning it off, waiting for about half an hour, and power it on to see if it fixes the problem. The pilot light might go off, and relighting it can also solve the issue. Check that the gas valve supplying the furnace is open fully.
One of the common heating system problems homeowners face is the issue of heat supply. The heater may not produce adequate warmth or fail to emit it entirely.
Heating problems come about from improper thermostat settings, dirty filters, dirty burners, clogged blowers, and closed/blocked heat registers. Check all these elements to figure out what is causing the heat distribution problem. Start by raising the thermostat temperature up by 5° to see if it solves the issue. Clean filters and replace them as needed.
Inspect heat registers to make sure that they are fully open and unobstructed. Remove drapes, rugs, and other furniture around heat registers. For burner issues, you want to call an expert who can handle gas systems.
Furnace Repeatedly Powering Off
When the heater does not stay on for too long, the problem could be dirty filters or originate from the motor/blower. The motor and fan need regular lubrication to keep them running as required. Replacing filters every month or so, depending on usage, can often solve a majority of gas heater repair needs.
It is given that heating systems operate with some degree of noise. However, when your unit begins to produce unusual sounds, it means that its internal components have a problem. Sounds coming from the furnace could be as a result of loose access panels, damaged blower belts, the motor requires lubrication, or the burner is dirty. Tighten access panels, adjust belts, and lubricate the motor to fix these issues.
With these guidelines, you can handle the simple and common gas heater repair problems. It is important to understand what you can fix and what you cannot. Get a professional to handle replacements, gas components, ducting issues, and other advanced heater problems.