When your heater is suffering from performance problems, you may find that your home becomes extremely uncomfortable. The complexity of a modern heating system can make it difficult for a homeowner to be familiar with all of the potential problems it could experience. However, there are a few problems that can be especially common for residential heating units.
Cycling is a problem that is characterized by the heating system turning off and back on every few minutes. This will occur regardless of whether the home's interior has reached the correct temperature. Often, this is the result of the system overheating and having to shut down to avoid suffering damage. Homeowners may not realize that their heating system can be damaged if it overheats, but this could damage electronic components, seals, and other parts of the system. Clogged vents can be a major cause of this overheating, as they will prevent the system from radiating excess heat, which can eventually lead to this type of overheating. Thoroughly cleaning the exterior vents every few months and replacing the air filter every other month will help to keep enough air flowing into the unit to avoid these problems.
Faulty Temperature Regulator
Your heating system will rely on a temperature regulator to determine the amount of heat to produce at any given moment. When this regulator malfunctions, it can cause the system to either produce far too much heat or to not produce enough. If the unit is starting to produce too much heat, it can damage itself. Replacing a damaged temperature regulator will not be an expensive repair for most heating systems, but it is complicated enough that a homeowner should avoid attempting this repair on their own, as it could be possible to actually create a fire hazard if this repair is done incorrectly.
Air Not Coming From The System
A complete lack of air coming from the heating system can be another common problem for residential heaters. When the blower in the central unit fails, the warmed air will not be able to spread through the home. A failed blower can be among the most common sources of this problem. The blower is essentially a large and powerful fan that can blow the air through the ducting. Generally, it will not be necessary to replace the entire blower as long as the fans and frame are undamaged. This can keep the repair much quicker and more affordable, as it will only require the blower's motor to be replaced.
For more information, contact local heater repair services.