Common Fall Heating Problems

Surely fall can bring fun memories—going on hayrides, watching the beautiful leaves change, and picking pumpkins. It’s also the time most of us turn our heating unit on for warmth and comfort.

With your desire to heat your home, however, some problems may occur in your heating unit and they become more inevitable without proper system maintenance. It is important that you know what these problems are, so you’ll know how to get around them. Keep reading below!

Frozen Pipes

As the temperature drops, ice forms in your pipes, causing them to freeze up and stop working properly. When this happens, your heating system will start to malfunction and break down. Immediately turn off your water supply system and call a professional to repair the damage.

Broken Thermostat

Sometimes, the problem hides in your thermostat—faulty wiring, dirt buildup, incorrect settings, or dead batteries. Even the slightest misreading of your home’s temperature can affect your system’s operation. You can try these tricks to troubleshoot:

  • Set your thermostat to “heat.” The temperature setting should be high enough for your heating equipment to activate.
  • Check the control screen to see a flashing “low battery” icon. If it shows, promptly replace the device’s batteries.

If none of these work, upgrading your thermostat to a programmable or digital model that is more accurate and convenient might be your best option.

Clogged Drains

Grime, leaves, and mineral deposits can accumulate and block your sewer drains. This can prevent your furnace from functioning properly. Plus, it can cause air quality issues and water leaks. Make sure your drainage system is clear from any debris to avoid these issues from happening.

Leaky Ductwork

Another costly heating problem is leaky air ducts. Check the ductwork in the attic and feel the blowing air. You can also put a lit stick near the ducts, and if the smoke moves, then it means that there’s a leak. Apply mastic or use foil-faced tape to seal the leaks.

Insufficient Heat

Insufficient heat can be caused by a clogged filter or an incorrectly sized system. If your unit is too small, it won’t be able to handle your home’s heating demands. Be sure you have the right size furnace, and your air filter is replaced regularly.

A number of furnace issues can happen, take time to prepare your system for the harsh cold wave. Remember the common heating problems and get them fixed before the weather gets worse.

If you need help with your unit, LoveJoy HVAC always has your back. Call us when it comes to your comfort needs, and we will take it from there!