Common Heating Problems in Homes

The cold weather has set in, which means the furnaces are cranked up to keep us warm. When your heat begins to malfunction, you probably begin to wonder what exactly caused the issue. Here are the most common heating problems, as well as a few solutions:

Dirty/Clogged Filters

Dirty filters can blow the limit switch, which controls the fan in your heating system. When the air filter is clogged or dirty, it makes the appliance work harder to circulate air that is damaging to the indoor air quality. Simply change your air filter monthly to fix this issue and extend your appliance’s life and efficiency. If you live in a home with excess hair, smoke, or pet dander, change your air filter more often.

Overrun Heat Pump

Heat pumps work best for climates that are consistently under 35 degrees Fahrenheit. If your climate does not fit this description, but your heat pump is constantly running, it could be because of undersized equipment or ductwork, low refrigerant, or bad reversing or compressor valves. 

Faulty Thermostat

Your thermostat can have glitches, including low or no battery, misread temperatures, misused settings, or an incapability to match with your home’s HVAC, causing heating problems. 

Leaky Ductwork

Check for leaks by walking along and feeling for blowing air around the ductwork in your attic. If you find a leak, seal it for better indoor air quality, even heating, and higher energy efficiency. 

Pilot Light or Ignition Control Issues

Most modern heating systems have either a hot surface ignition or an intermittent pilot. The furnace ignition control could be malfunctioning, causing intermittent or no heat in your home. 

Lack of Airflow and Circulation

The aging or failing of your heating system’s belts, bearings, fan motors, and ducts can compromise the air flow in your home. Regular maintenance and repairs to these components will help prevent the system from overheating. 

No Fuel

No matter what type of system you have, it needs fuel to run properly. The heater will not perform efficiently if it is low on fuel, which can cause odors, fumes, cold air, and other heating problems. 

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