Troubleshooting Central Heat Issues

Dated: 02/16/2020

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Now that winter seems to have decided to stop and sit a spell over Oklahoma (I know, I know, wait five more minutes and it will be summer again!), our furnaces are finally getting a work out. Do you know what to do when your central heating system isn’t working? Learn how to troubleshoot simple heating issues that you can fix yourself, and when it’s time to contact an HVAC professional.

How Your Furnace Works

First, understanding how your heating system works can help you troubleshoot when it isn’t working. The most common type of system is a ducted warm-air or forced-air system. When you set the thermostat to a specific temperature, it sends a signal to the furnace that tells it to turn on. The furnace heats the air and circulates it by means of a series of ducts and vents throughout your home.

Quick Tips for Heater Issues

Check thermostat. Be sure the thermostat is set properly to “Heat” and the fan is set to “On” or “Auto.” Then try raising the set temperature 5 degrees and waiting a few minutes.

Check forced-air entry points. Be sure the registers, grilles, and air returns that move air throughout your house are not blocked. Make sure heating register dampers are open.

Check the air filter. A dirty filter can reduce efficiency, causing your system to work harder than necessary. (This is often the easiest fix!)

Find more details to help you troubleshoot each of these three steps at homewarranty.firstam.com/blog/central-heating-not-working?utm_source=CentralHeating&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HCB&dm_i=4XYP,96CV,3EF2H2,YM46,1.

If, after following these steps, your heating system still does not work, contact us to connect you with a furnace repair professional to check out your system. 

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Kandi Malphrus

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