You expect your heater to keep you warm through the frigid winter temperatures. Unfortunately, there are going to be times when your heater fails to live up to those expectations. When that happens, you're left cold. You're also left wondering what could have possibly gone wrong. If your heater has stopped functioning properly, you're going to need to have it looked at as soon as possible, especially if the temperatures are continuing to dip. While you're waiting for the repair technician, there are few things you can do to try and pinpoint the problem. Here are three suggestions for troubleshooting your heating problems.
Thermostat is Located in the Wrong Place
If parts of your home appear to be warm, while other areas of the house are cold, you might have a problem with the placement of your thermostat. This is particularly true if the thermostat is installed in the corner of a room or near heat register.
The best way to determine if your thermostat placement is the cause of your heat problems is to place a temperature gauge in each room of the house. Once you have a temperature reading from those gauges, measure them against the main thermostat. If the temperature variations are significant, you might want to have heating technician come out and install your thermostat in a different location. Heat blowing down on the thermostat can give a false reading, which will interfere with the proper functioning of your heater.
Air Ducts Are Dirty
Look around the edges of your heat registers. If you see a considerable amount of dirt and dust build-up on the walls and ceiling, you may have a problem with dirty ducts. This is particularly true if you can't remember the last time you had your ducts cleaned. Dirty ducts can interfere with air flow, which can reduce the amount of warm air that flows through your home. If the areas around your heat registers are dirty, you'll need to have your ducts cleaned as soon as possible.
Furnace Filter is Clogged
Dirty filters can also interfere with how well your heater works. A dirty filter can decrease the amount of air that flows through to the heater. When that happens, your heater has to work overtime to heat your home. For best results, you should change the filter in your furnace at least once every three months.
You depend on your heater to keep you warm during the winter. Use the tips provided above to help your heater work more efficiently. If the suggestions above don't solve the problem you're facing with your heater, be sure to let your service technician (such as one from TODDCO, Inc.) know.