Don’t Let a Broken Heater Make You Say “Bah! Humbug!”
Keep Your Heater Running Through the Holiday Season
The holidays should be a joyous time for celebration and spending time with friends and family. However, sometimes the festivities can be stressful. When things don’t go exactly right, festive times can turn unenjoyable quickly. Having a heater break down in the middle of the holiday season can add to the stress.
Luckily, a broken heater for the holidays doesn’t have to be a distraction from enjoying the season. Emergency heater repair specialists are on standby throughout the season to help people get back to participating in the festivities instead of being left in the cold. Additionally, there are steps that homeowners can take to make the repairs go quicker or to keep them from being necessary altogether.
Signs That Your Heater Is Broken
The holidays can often mean added work to the heater inside of a home. The holidays coincide with a seasonal drop in temperatures that is notorious for exposing the short-comings in a home’s heating system. Holidays are also a time of gathering, so many homes see a spike in guests that requires the heater to work overtime to keep everyone comfortable. Knowing the signs that a heater is in distress can help homeowners know when to call for heater repairs.
Some of these signs are:
- Unheated air coming from vents
- Grinding or squealing noises
- No air coming from vents at all
- Insufficient hot air
- Gas odors
Check the Thermostat for Operation
The first step to determining whether a heater is malfunctioning is to verify that the thermostat is operating properly. Often, homeowners will call repair technicians only to find that the thermostat was on the wrong setting or the set point was too low to turn on the heater. This can be a costly oversight.
By checking the thermostat first, homeowners can troubleshoot the first step themselves, and they can verify that power is reaching the thermostat, a common problem in battery-powered thermostats. If it is verified that the thermostat has power and is set to the proper setting, then a homeowner should call a professional for help.
Things To Try Before You Make the Call
Once the homeowner has checked the thermostat, there are a few other things they can do to either fix the problems themselves or provide valuable information to the technician when they arrive. The first step is to check the air filter. A dirty air filter can inhibit air circulation around the home, making the heater work harder to provide inadequate heating. Replacing the filter can restore the performance and help clean up dusty air inside the home.
Another important thing for a homeowner to verify is the power to the furnace. This can be done simply by checking the breaker or service cutoff to verify that it is on and untripped. If the breaker is tripped, it can be reset to see if that fixes the problem. If the breaker trips again, calling a professional is the best option.
About Air Comfort Service, Inc.
Air Comfort Service, Inc has been a staple of the St. Peters community since 1969. Serving residential and commercial customers, they have the experience to handle the toughest HVAC repairs and installations. With 24-hour emergency service, they are always ready to help with furnace services.