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What to Do When Your Heater Won’t Heat

cold-man-with-thermostatYou won’t need heating repair in Cypress, TX as often as you’ll need AC repair. After all, air conditioning systems get used almost throughout the year here, while heaters only run for a short season, usually handling the cold nights. But when you need to have your heater repaired, make sure you call on our technicians and don’t try to do any of the work yourself. And don’t entrust the job to an amateur who can make big promises at suspiciously small prices. They’re suspiciously small for good reason!

However, if your heater stops heating or is only putting out an inadequate amount of warmth, there are some troubleshooting steps you can take to test if the problem is a minor one. These won’t involve you having to get out the tools or do anything that might be harmful. Once you’ve exhausted these steps is when to call us to get that heater heating again.

Check on the furnace switch

If you have a furnace and this is the first time you’ve used it in many months, you may have made a simple mistake and forgotten to turn the furnace switch back on. This is a switch located near the furnace that serves as an extra breaker switch and a way to shut down the furnace for the season.

Double-check the thermostat settings

We know this seems obvious, but the obvious is the most often overlooked! If you have a programmable thermostat, it may still have its summer programming set and it won’t know to turn on at the right time. Or someone else in the household may have made adjustments when you didn’t know it. (However, please don’t keep raising the thermostat setting higher and higher to force the heater to turn on. That indicates something else is wrong.)

See if a circuit breaker has tripped

This is a common issue that furnaces can encounter. Yes, it applies to gas furnaces as well, which use electronic ignition systems and an electrically powered blower fan. The blower fan motor is the component that’s most likely to overheat or suffer a short that will cause the circuit breaker to trip. Reset any tripped circuit and try the furnace again. If the breaker keeps tripping, there’s probably an electrical repair you’ll need us to see to. 

Change the air filter

The air filter for your furnace or heat pump protects its interior from the damage that dust and dirt can do to it. It will clog up after one to three months, and this will cause the heater’s performance to plummet—or it may be responsible for why the heater isn’t turning on at all. If the filter is congested, put in a clean one, and remember to keep changing the filter during the winter regularly. (The AC uses the same filter!)

At this point, you’ve run through the troubleshooting steps. Now it’s time to give us a call and we’ll be out to see what’s ailing your heater and get it back to work again.

At AC Comfort, Your Comfort Is Our Business! We’re here to help you when you’ve got heating problems this fall and winter.

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