Three Common Winter Heating Problems

Winter time means cooler temperatures, and these cooler temperatures mean lots of extra use for your heater. Unfortunately, with extra use comes extra wear and tear, and an increased chance that your system might break down completely. In many cases these breakdowns happen to the same common part that’s heavily used, making the issue simple to diagnose. Here are some of the most common winter heating problems you might experience and how to prevent them.

Heat Cycling

Is your heater turning on and off quickly and often? This a phenomenon known as “heat cycling” and it’s generally caused by two different things: coil overheating prompting a safety shutdown or your furnace being too big for your home. If coil overheating is the problem, this could be a sign your coils aren’t getting enough air when the blower motor turns on, which is often a sign that you have a dirty air filter. However, it could also be a sign that your blower itself is wearing out and needs serviced. If your furnace is too big for your home, unfortunately there isn’t much you can do about it besides replace the furnace. Make sure you purchase one that’s sized appropriately for your home to get the best results.

Lack of Heat

What good is a heater if it doesn’t actually warm your home up at all? Pretty much all it does at that point is waste energy, so you should tackle that problem without delay if you discover it. First, check your thermostat to make sure it’s set appropriately and in good working condition. Next, check your air filter and replace it if it’s dirty. If neither of these are the issue, then you could be experiencing an ignition issue if you have a gas-powered furnace or an electrical connection problem in almost any other type. Let a Fredericksburg heating technician diagnose the problem for you to make sure it’s fixed correctly the first time.

Inconsistent Heating

Is it warm and toasty in one room and seemingly ice-cold in another? This may not be a problem with your heater as much as an issue with your home as a whole. Heat loss is one of the leading causes of wasted energy (and money) and rooms that are difficult to heat may be the source of some nasty air leaks. Replace the weather stripping around doors and windows in these rooms, check the ceiling for any recessed lighting or other fixtures that could be leading to heat loss, and make sure the vents are open and flowing. If this doesn’t work, then you may be experiencing a problem with your ducts, which you should call a professional about.

Get your heating issues repaired today by calling 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating at (830) 302-3140!