Your Home Heating Guide

You throw your phone into your bag and hop in the car. You get to your destination and go to text your friend that you have arrived; however, your phone won’t turn on. Suddenly, you remember that you forgot to plug it in the night before, and the battery is dead. We have all been in a similar situation and although this particular scenario is not a huge disaster, the same forgetfulness can cause further complications when a larger device or appliance is involved. For instance—your home heating system.

If a cold front hits, and you haven’t turned on your furnace or heat pump in months, you can run into some major issues. Whether it fails to turn on completely, is making weird sounds, or is emitting a foul odor—you’re in trouble. Instead of waiting to see if your heating system is up to par when you need it most, check it’s functionality before you actually require heating services. Here is your home heating guide, so you don’t get stuck in an “uncharged phone”-like situation.

Preventative Maintenance & Your Heater

Whether you have a furnace or a heat pump, you must regularly maintain your system. This will keep your system running efficiently and effectively; and, it is how you avoid the need for early replacement. Furnace and heat pump maintenance is imperative. In order for your heating system to produce, warm, clean air, you must practice the following.

Here are the benefits of habitual maintenance:

  1. Repair Not Replace

When you practice preventative maintenance, small malfunctions are caught before they become bigger problems and damage your heating system beyond repair. When one part is loose, broken, or cracked, it puts pressure on the other structures within your system and can cause a complete breakdown.

Natural wear and tear are normal; however, additional stress on a system due to an unresolved repair will shorten the lifespan of your system, and you’ll find yourself shopping for a new unit. Contact 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating to schedule heater maintenance.

  1. Retain Good Indoor Air Quality

Most of the air you breathe in your home has traveled through your HVAC system. Imagine what happens to that air when your furnace filter is clogged with dust, dander, and bacteria—it becomes polluted. When your air is compromised, so is your family’s health. It is recommended that you replace the air filet in your furnace or heat pump at least every 90 days; however, if you notice an unusual amount of dust on your home surfaces, change your filters every 30 days.

  1. Reduce Utility Costs

An efficient heater is a cost-effective one. And, the best way to ensure your home heating system is running smoothly is with professional maintenance. With no malfunctioning parts, your heater will not have to work overtime to get your heating job done, and as a result, won’t need as much energy to operate. Cut utility costs with 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating.

  1. Reliability

When your heating system is well-maintained, you won’t have any surprises when you go to turn it on this winter. You’ll know it will work, and work well. Through holiday parties and movie nights, you will be confident in your heater’s capabilities and be able to enjoy your time with friends and family without any worry of a breakdown. Start your preventative maintenance now!

Repair Or Replace?

Repair

Now is as good a time as any to go turn on your heating system. If something seems “off”, and you are experiencing any of the following, your heater needs repair.

It Just Won’t Turn On

If your heating system does not start when you set your thermostat, you may be out of fuel, have a malfunctioning thermostat, or have an overheating motor. However, the good news is, you can DIY this repair!

First, check to see if you are out of fuel. Locate your gas valve, if this is shut—you have found the source of your heating problem! All you have to do is refill your fuel tank and you should be good to go. If your gas valve was not shut, this is not the cause of your malfunction, and you should head to check out your thermostat.

Step one here is to make sure your thermostat is on the correct heat setting. Step two, increase your thermostat by about 5 degrees. This should kick start your heating system. Step three, stand next to one of your air vents, if warm air starts to come out of the vent, you have resolved your heater woes; however, if there is little to no warm air coming out of your system, it’s time to assess your motor.

To reset your motor, turn your heater off completely, and leave it off for about 30 minutes. This will give your heater time to cool down. If your heater is still not producing warm air after turning it back on, you need to contact a professional HVAC technician for diagnostics and repairs.

The Pilot Light Is Flickering

The flame that lights the main burner of a furnace is your pilot light. If it begins to flicker, your thermocouple, the device responsible for keeping your gas valve open and on, is malfunctioning. This means that you are receiving an intermittent gas supply. A professional heating specialist will be able to adjust your thermocouple and restore heat to your home.

There Are Strange Sounds Coming From It

If your unit is making a ton of ruckus, it needs repair. Screeching, clanking, and banging are all signs that you have a loose part in your system. These noises come from broken parts rolling around in your unit. A professional HVAC technician will be able to repair your heater, and the noise will subside.

Replace

It’s time to replace your heater if any of the following apply to you:

Your Unit is 10+ Years Old

If your heating system is over 10 years old, it’s time to upgrade. Your unit’s technology is not up to the current energy standards, and as a result of your high energy use, you are paying more money to heat your home. Additionally, the unit is nearing the end of its lifespan. Replacing your unit will lower your utility costs while increasing the efficiency of your unit. Contact us for your new heater installation.

You Have Uneven Heating

If you have cold spots throughout your home, you may have the wrong sized system for your space. If your heater is undersized for your property, it simply does not have the power to heat your entire home. If your heater is oversized for your home, it is cutting its heating cycles short, hindering the heating process. Work with a professional to determine the right home heating system for you.

You Need Repair After Repair

If you have spent anywhere close to 50% of the price of a new unit, on repairs, it was time for a new heater a long time ago. Constant repairs will cost you infinitely more money, and lead to replacement anyways, so it’s best to purchase a new system. Replace your heating system with 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating.

For your home heating services call 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating, at (830) 302-3140. We will make your heater, a heater you can rely on.

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