Common Central Heating Problems & How to Fix Them

Common Central Heating Problems & How to Fix ThemYour central heating system is an intricate piece of machinery, and it gets a workout every winter in your Southwest Oklahoma home. So, it’s not surprising that you’ll occasionally have some central heating problems. 

The good news is that you can fix some of these problems yourself before having to call a service pro. Have a look at the following possible fixes for your heating problems.

  • Check the control. Is it in the “on” position? If so, turn your thermostat up to see if the heat comes on. If you get no results, check your electricity or gas supply. If gas isn’t flowing, call your supplier. If electricity is off, make sure it’s just in your home and not the neighborhood, and then call an electrician.
  • Check the filter. A blocked air filter can clog your system, causing it to slow down and operate poorly.
  • Inspect the ductwork. Ductwork issues can slow your system down and waste heat. Ductwork problems can result from vermin nests, as well as dirt and debris buildup. You may need to call in a professional to confirm and fix these problems, but do check your ductwork if you can gain access to it for leaks, breaks and tears. Fix leaks with mastic or metal tape, and fasten disconnected sections with screws. You can also replace crushed ducts with new sections.
  • Inspect the thermostat. If your heating system isn’t keeping your home warm, your thermostat may be at fault. Is your thermostat more than 10 years old? You might recalibrate it, but it’s probably better to replace it with a more efficient model.
  • Relight the pilot lightIf you know you have gas in your system, but the heat doesn’t come on, you may have an igniter or pilot light issue. Pilot lights can be relit by following simple instructions, but an igniter replacement requires professional help.

Keeping your central heating system well maintained is the best way to avoid central heating problems, so if you haven’t had fall maintenance performed, do it now. For more information on dealing with central heating problems, give us a call at Davis Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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