Troubleshooting heating issues might seem out of your wheelhouse, but you can do some simple things as a homeowner to help diagnose HVAC problems. Here are three troubleshooting tips to DIY your heating issues before contacting your HVAC company for a service call.
Tip #1: Check the Filter
A dirty air filter in your heating system is one of the most common causes of heating issues and one of the easiest ways to save money fixing your heat by yourself. A clogged filter will prevent your system from pulling in enough air to heat and make your equipment work overtime. On the other hand, a clean filter might be all you need to remedy a heating issue.
Tip #2: Check the Thermostat
It’s common for a thermostat setting to be wrong, especially if you have kids that can reach it. Resolving your heating issue might be as simple as adjusting the thermostat to the correct temperature, ensuring it’s turned to heat and not cool, and checking the batteries.
Tip #3: Check the Flame on the Furnace
There should be a visible flame in your furnace that burns blue to show that the gas is flowing properly, and the fuel is burning safely. If there is no flame visible or it’s a color other than blue, such as red, yellow, or green, don’t try a DIY fix. Instead, call your HVAC professional immediately.
Some heating issues require simple DIY strategies for an easy fix, while others require the expertise of a professional. If you’ve done some troubleshooting and have yet to resolve the problem, don’t wait to call in the pros. Contact H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling for reliable HVAC service and repair when you can’t quite fix it yourself.