Breakdowns within a heating system are typical after ordinary wear and tear, lack of maintenance or use after months of inactivity. Three of the most common reasons for needing Wichita heating repairs are dirty filters, a malfunctioning thermostat and mechanical or electrical problems. They are often the underlying causes for most of these symptoms:
A heater that does not seem to start running and performing its main task may have problems with the thermostat setting, pilot light or source of power or fuel. The first thing you should do is make sure your thermostat is set to the correct temperature. Try bumping it up a notch to see if there is a noticeable difference. Also, make sure it is set to “auto” instead of “fan” because otherwise your fan may blow cold air. If the thermostat setting is not the problem, your heater could be running low on fuel, be it electricity or gas. Check the gas valve and pilot light to make sure both are on. If the gas valve is working but the light still is not on, you may want to request gas heating repair.
If your furnace does not stop blowing hot air, make sure your thermostat is set to “auto” so it can shut off when the room reaches a certain temperature. Two causes for a heater that does not stop running could be a broken or miswired thermostat and/or a malfunctioning furnace blower. You may have to examine the thermostat’s wires, reset it to factory settings or buy a new one. A local heating repair professional could inspect your heater, thermostat and blower for you.
If you cannot properly control your furnace, you might have to reset your thermostat, check its wiring, replace its batteries or check your home’s electric system for any tripped circuits. If you are struggling to find the source of the problem, a company specialized in electric heating repair can help you identify and fix it.
This problem can usually be attributed to two primary things: dirty or inadequate filters or ductwork and/or a furnace that is the wrong size for the space. Inspect duct and filters to make sure dust has not accumulated and blocked the airflow. In addition, check with a professional to make sure your furnace is the right size. One that is too small could struggle to bring enough heat to your home without running constantly, which could strain it and shorten its lifespan. On the contrary, one that is too large could cycle on and off too frequently.
A furnace constantly cycling between the “On” and “Off” modes may indicate a clogged filter, improper airflow, an inappropriate thermostat setting or a furnace that is too large and powerful for the size of your home.
A heater that gives off smoke and/or a burning smell is a clear sign that something is wrong. As a precaution, shut off and unplug your furnace. However, an burning smell could also merely be a sign of a dirty filter or dust buildup. This may when you turn the heater on for the first time in the year as temperatures begin to drop in the fall. Dust can accumulate in parts of your furnace during the spring and summer months and start to burn when you turn the heater on for the first time.
Mold comes from moisture buildup, which can result from poor insulation or inadequate ductwork. If you have mold in your furnace, you may want to hire a home heating repair professional to clean your system thoroughly and take the necessary precautions to reduce the likelihood of mold returning. This includes making sure your ducts and crawl space are properly insulated.
Bryan’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. provides HVAC maintenance and heating repairs in Wichita, KS. Knowing how crucial a working heater is for your comfort during the winter, our technicians are qualified and determined to return heat back to you promptly and provide high-quality customer service. Call us today for a consultation or to schedule an appointment.