Troubleshooting Common Home Heating Issues
When to Call for Heating Repair
Sometimes, problems with your home heating system are subtle, particularly if the winter has been relatively mild. Maybe your rooms just don’t feel as warm as usual, or you seem to be using more fuel than normal, even though it hasn’t been that cold. And then there’s that night that you wake up and think, “Gee, it’s cold in here!” and realize your heat is off. Uh-oh!
Of course, when you furnace or boiler is on the fritz, we’ve got your back! We’re here for you and our techs can get you up and running fast. But sometimes there’s an easy fix that you can handle yourself and can help you avoid the expense of a service call—and free up our techs to help others.
Cleaning your filter is always a good first step if your heating system seems “sluggish” and efficiency seems off. But even the heat shutting down abruptly isn’t always the major repair you might think it is.
Can I fix my home heating problems?
Try these troubleshooting steps before you call:
1. Check Your Thermostat
Make sure your thermostat is set to a temperature at least 5° above room temperature and set to “heat.” Is it the batteries? Try installing fresh ones.
2. Check the System Switch
Did the switch for your heating system accidentally get turned off? This happens more often than you’d think. Don’t overthink it, just turn it on.
3. Check Your Fuel Supply
If you haven’t checked your tank gauge in a while, there’s a good chance you’ve run out of fuel—especially if it’s been very cold recently, or if you’ve been spending more time at home during the day. If you’re out, know that we’re on call 24/7 for emergency deliveries.
4. Check Fuses and Circuit Breakers
Circuit breakers can easily trip. Check the breaker that your heating system is on, and turn it on if it’s off.
5. Check the Air Filter
When the air filter on your furnace gets clogged, the system will shut down. Replace it and set a reminder on your calendar to check it once a month.
6. Check the Boiler
If you have a steam boiler, check the water level gauge. It should be at least half-full. Call us if it isn’t. Have a hot water boiler? You can skip this step.
7. Reset the System
If none of the previous steps work, push and hold the Reset button for 30 seconds. Only do this ONCE. Doing it more than once floods the combustion chamber with too much heating oil. That’s an expensive repair job on top of any other repairs you may need.
If none of these steps resolves the problem, call us and we’ll dispatch a technician to get you up and running as soon as possible.
An Ounce of Prevention
Some heating system problems are easy to prevent. A tune-up is the best way to make sure your boiler or furnace is running at peak efficiency. It not only helps keep heating costs down, but regular maintenance also prevents many of the problems that lead to breakdowns.
Whatever you need, from prompt heating oil or propane delivery to expert equipment repairs or installations, the experts at Casey are here for you, and we’re always happy to help. Contact us for more information today.