Troubleshooting heating issues in the home can be incredibly nerve-racking. Homeowners who face difficulties in maintaining a comfortable heat level in their property can quickly become frustrated, and the peace of mind and comfort level in the home quickly deteriorate as a result.
However, there are a number of easy places to begin when searching for a fix to this all too common problem in the home. Heat troubleshooting doesn’t have to be the bane of your existence as a homeowner. In fact, many times when the heating is out, there’s a pretty simple fix that will get you back online in no time and without having to call out an expensive technician to solve the problem for you. Continue reading to discover some of the most common reasons why your heating system may have stopped working in order to get the installation back online in a hurry.
You may have a tripped circuit breaker.
One of the easiest problems to fix is a blown fuse. Homes in the modern world are all built with internal fuse boxes or circuit breakers. This allows the circuit to flip in the event of a power overload. Instead of blowing out a section of the home’s power (or the entire house in some instances!), a fuse box can save you the cost and time of reinstallation. Simply flipping the switch back into its operational position will bring your power back online in an instant.
Oftentimes, an overload will flip the switch, and all it takes to solve the problem is a single corrective measure. However, in the event of a repeat surge or a particularly hefty overload, the fuse may blow completely. This simply means that you need to pull the small glass and wire tube out of the fuse box and replace it with another. Virtually all consumer electronics fuses will cost you a dollar or two at the most. While larger commercial electronics equipment may make use of more expensive options, a home is built with ease of access in mind, and the circuits are incredibly easy to exchange for a homeowner with any type of DIY background or skill ranging from none to the most extreme level of home improvement fever.
Don’t forget to conduct routine maintenance on the unit and ductwork.
Your HVAC system can easily become clogged with debris that collects through the normal operation of the heating and cooling elements. Your heat pump, furnace, blower motor, and more all require typical servicing and cleaning. Looking at your owner’s manual or any other literature that came with the installation of your HVAC components is a great way to gauge how often you should have a technician out to look at your system.
Cleaning and routine maintenance is the only way to prolong the life of your heating and cooling system. Likewise, if you haven’t had the HVAC components looked at in a while, you are bound to experience a weakened performance that only gets worse over time. Unlike other elements of the home that will simply stop working once they’ve gone beyond the threshold of usability (and require servicing or replacement), the air conditioning system will continue to work at reduced capacity as the debris and other issues within your unit slowly begin to eat away at the remaining service time that the fixtures can provide to your home. If you are in doubt, consider bringing in a technician to service and clean the HVAC parts in your home for enhanced performance and longer life.
With these elements of good home maintenance in mind, ensuring that your home’s heating is always working is easy.