Brr… Melbourne might just have the worst winters in Australia, so you’re going to want to be comfortable in your home when the temperature drops. Therefore, you want to ensure that it’s running efficiently and in tip-top shape so not to have heating problems as the winter months approach.
Here are 8 of the most common heating problems you could experience with your heating system and the best ways to address them.
1– Your Heating System Won’t Turn Off
If your heating system continues to run and blow hot air, you first need to check that it’s set on “auto,” rather than “on.” By being on “auto,” your heating system will turn off when it reaches its set temperature. If it continues to run after you do this, your thermostat could be broken or wired incorrectly. The first thing to do is make sure that the wiring is plugged in correctly into the thermostat and then reset it to the manufacturer’s settings to see how the system runs. If this doesn’t work, your thermostat may need to be replaced.
2– Areas of Your House Aren’t Heating Properly
If your home is not uniformly heating throughout there are a few simple checks that can be done before paying a professional. If you have zoning, first check that the zones you want on are open. Then check that all vents are open and clear of any foreign objects. They might also need a bit of a vacuum or clean out. If you still have the same problem then you could have a dirty air filter or an air restriction.
Cleaning or replacing your air filter is an easy fix. Open the front bar grille to your return air and give it a good vacuum, if you find that the fibres are in too deep or that the fabric has started to deteriorate you will need to measure the size of the grille and replace the material. This can be bought at most air conditioning accessory stores such as Polyaire.
Ensure your return air is clear of any objects. Most return air grilles are found in the hallway or attached to a cupboard. This area must be completely clear of any objects and cannot be used as storage, therefore you will need to completely clear that area so air can flow through without obstruction.
If these suggestions don’t work, there may be problems with your ductwork or system. We suggest always contacting your installer first, you may be covered under warranty! Second call is to your manufacturer, many of their websites will be able to get you in touch with a technician in your area and you can have peace of mind knowing they are an expert in regards to your machine.
3– Cool Air Is Coming Out of the Vents
Whether you have a heat pump or furnace, the central heating system in your home disperses heat throughout your home through a chain of connected air ducts. Although leaky ducts could affect the temperature of the air coming from your vents, there are a couple of quick fixes you should address first.
Thermostat — First, check the thermostat to ensure that you set it at the right temperature. If you did, try turning it up a bit to find out if you can tell the difference in temperature. In addition, the thermostat should be set on “auto,” rather than “fan on,” because the fan will just blow non-heated air. If all this checks out, you should look at the air filter next.
Air Filter — Air filters need to be replaced every one to three months because they collect a lot of dirt and debris. In turn, this can make it more difficult for your heating system to perform properly, which may be the reason it’s blowing cool air.
Pilot Light — Check your heating system’s pilot light to see if it’s lit. If it’s not, there might not be gas flowing to it. If the gas valve is off, that could be the problem.
Fuel — Regardless of whether you have an electric, or gas system, it needs to have enough juice to run properly and will be more inefficient if it doesn’t.
Air Ducts — As mentioned, leaky ducts could be the culprit as well. An easy way to check is by turning on your fan and then going up to your crawl space or attic. Walk alongside your ductwork to feel for any blowing air. If you don’t notice anything, you may want to call your installer and have them fault find across the entire installation.
4– The Thermostat Controls Aren’t Working
If you’re having issues setting the temperature or changing the system controls, your thermostat could again be the issue. Follow the troubleshooting tips mentioned above. Then, if you have a digital thermostat, try replacing the batteries. If none of those solutions work, you can again try resetting it to the manufacturer’s settings. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you can check if there’s a tripped circuit in your switchboard that may be responsible.
5– Your Heating System’s Fan Isn’t Working
If your heating system’s fan isn’t working, you should first check the thermostat is on the correct setting. Next, check your air filter to ensure it’s not dirty; sometimes an overly dirty air filter can stop your fan from working. Finally, check if your circuit breakers are on; if not, switch them on, but don’t switch them on and off repeatedly because that could cause an electrical fire.
6– There’s Mould in Your Heating System
Moisture build up in your home’s heating system can be an issue, particularly due to substandard insulation or faulty ductwork. If this is the case, mould can grow in your heating system.
The best solution is to have a technician from Duct Masters clean your heater and if necessary, properly seal your ducts. Therefore, moisture wont have a chance to gather. As mentioned, it’s also a good idea to:
- change your air filters every one to three months,
- have your air ducts professionally cleaned every few years, and
- have a maintenance check performed by your installer every 1 – 2 years.
7– There’s a Burning Smell Coming From Your Heating System
When you turn your heat on for the first time during the winter, there might be a burning smell because the heating system is burning away any dust and dirt that has accumulated since the last time you used it. The smell could also be caused by a dirty air filter; however, it could signal a more serious problem. If the smell persists, shut off your heating system and unplug it as soon as possible. Once you unplug it, clean any dust or dirt that has accumulated and replace your air filter if necessary.
8— Final Reminder to Maintaining Your Heating System
Often maintaining your heating system can become an afterthought. But if you don’t regularly maintain it, problems such as higher energy bills and premature repairs can arise. Scheduling a heating system maintenance booking will help ensure that you can address any minor issues before they become big problems.
If you’re still experiencing heating problems its best to contact a professional! Call your installer as your first point of contact as you may be covered under warranty or receive existing customer discounts. If not, check your manufactures website for dealers and installers near you. They will recommend the closest store to you for help.
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