4 Solutions for Serious Heating Issues this Winter
We’ve had our fist snow of the 2016 season, and we are already at low temperatures the like of which we haven’t seen in three years! Don’t get caught in the cold this winter. Here are some solutions to your serious heating issues.
Sudden Heat Loss
If you notice a sudden loss of heat in your home, first check to make sure the power to the house is on. If you haven’t lost power, check your fuse box to make sure a surge hasn’t tripped the breaker. Confirm there is still power to your furnace. If everything checks out on the power front, then move on to check your furnace itsself. Our blog 5 Furnace Warning Signs gives specifics on what to check on. At this point, you may need to call a professional.
“Cycling heat” means your furnace is clicking on and off frequently and shutting off after heating too quickly. There are several things that can cause this including a clogged and dirty filter or blower. If your filter or blower is the issue, it will cause inadequate air flow. Check your furnace manual for instructions on replacing the filter or give a professional a call.
It is also possible your thermostat is faulty, in which case you can replace the thermostat or again, give a professional a call.
Inconsistent Room Temperatures
If your furnace is running well, but your house is still cold, especially in random places, you might have draft problems. Check for leaking windows and drafty doors. You might also have unbalanced air flow issues, which can be fixed by adjusting vents. If that doesn’t fix your problem, you will need to check your furnace for dirty coils or filters.
We’ve talked about carbon monoxide before; it is a serious risk for homeowners and is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. No wonder it earned the nickname the “silent killer.” If your furnace is more than 10 years old, there is a higher risk of having tiny cracks in the heat exchange which can leak carbon monoxide. But regardless of the age of your furnace, we urge every homeowner to install a carbon monoxide detector in their home.