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Winter Heating Troubleshooting Tips for New Homeowners

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Worried you need heat repair? Be sure to check the basics before scheduling a service call. There are a few winter HVAC issues homeowners can fix by themselves. If you’re not confident with your troubleshooting, give a trusted plumbing company a call to assess the situation and provide the solutions you need to keep your home comfortable.

But first, let’s take a look at some troubleshooting tips you can try before making that call:

When the Heat Won’t Turn On

One of the most common problems in the winter is also one of the easiest to fix. If you turn the temperature down on the thermostat and nothing happens, reset your heating equipment. This usually requires turning off the electricity, shutting off the gas flow and waiting a few minutes before turning them both back on. Check the inside of the service panel door for specific instructions for your model.

When the Heat Won’t Stay On

Sometimes, you turn the temperature down, you hear the furnace getting ready to turn on and then nothing happens. Chances are, there’s a problem with your furnace pilot light. Check the inside of the service door for instructions on relighting the pilot, but also check out your burners. They might be too covered in soot or grime to sufficiently light. You can take it apart and scrub it clean yourself or hire a technician for a seasonal maintenance visit.

When the Heat Isn’t That Hot

If the pilot is lit but the heater isn’t heating your home, it could be a simple issue of airflow. The schedule for changing your furnace filter depends on your HVAC equipment and the characteristics of your home. Some models will need their filters changed once a month, while others can go for longer.

Changing your filter is one of the fastest ways to clear up airflow problems, but you also want to make sure vents and exchange registers are clear of obstructions. Blocking them off does nothing to save on your bills and can create pressure issues.

If troubleshooting doesn’t work, it’s time to schedule professional heat repair. Get in touch with Dependable Service to restore comfort to your home today.

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