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We’re really starting to feel the chill of winter here in Southern California. At Service Champions, we acknowledge how lucky we are to live in an area that sees mild winters. Despite this, the cold still hits, and on those brisk days nothing feels better than coming home and turning on the heat.
Imagine your surprise though when your furnace suddenly starts acting strange. Maybe it’s a loud noise, strange smell, or cold air coming through the vents. This time of year, the question we hear most is, “why is my heater not working.” Because of this, we’re sharing our favorite tips and tricks for common furnace problems.
Hands down, the best way to care for your home furnace is to schedule routine maintenance. We recommend two HVAC tune-ups per year, one before spring and one before winter.
Every technician at Service Champions understands that your furnace needs specific care to keep it running as efficiently as possible. That’s why we’ve put together 18-points in our furnace tune-up, click here to see everything we do to ensure the health of your HVAC system. During a tune-up, your technician will inspect and professionally clean every part of your system. They will also let you know if there are any small problems that need to be fixed.
There’s almost nothing worse than coming home, expecting a warm house, and feeling nothing but cool air coming from your vents. If this scenario sounds familiar, you’re not alone and there could be several factors at play.
When it comes to your heat not working, sometimes the simplest solution is the easiest. This time, we’re talking about the thermostat. Thermostat problems are fairly easy to diagnose. Simply make sure the thermostat is set to heat, then raise or lower the temperature by a few degrees. If your home temperature adjusts with the thermostat, the problem is with your furnace. Another thing you can do is change the batteries and restart the thermostat. Sometimes a simple restart is all it needs.
If adjusting and resetting the thermostat doesn’t resolve the issue, there are a few other things to check. The most common reasons why your heater blows cold air are:
When it comes to HVAC troubles, a heater not turning off presents a whole new set of problems. It could be one of two things: Either your thermostat is broken (or some wiring is off), or the furnace blower is not working properly.
The thermostat is truly the remote control of your entire HVAC system. Therefore, the first thing you should check is the thermostat. Start by checking the settings, make sure the thermostat is set to “auto” instead of just “on.” By setting it to auto, this will allow your system to cycle on and off.
If you’ve checked the settings and everything seems correct, it very well could be an electrical problem. To check this, pull your thermostat off the wall carefully and make sure all the wires are securely connected. Next, restart the system. Sometimes this is what the thermostat needs to start working again.
Have you ever walked from your nice, warm living room into a very cold bathroom or bedroom? It’s not pleasant. If you are experiencing cold spots in your home, it could be attributed to a dirty air filter or problematic ductwork.
We mentioned this earlier, but the best thing you can do for your HVAC system is to routinely change your air filter. If you let your air filter accumulate too much debris, it can lead to a lot of buildup that stops treated air from making it into your home.
If your air filter has been recently changed or checked, the next place to look should be the ductwork. Leaking ductwork can cause treated air to escape before it gets to a specific room or area of the house.
Furnaces run in cycles. This allows the furnace to fully heat your home, then give itself a break before starting up again. It’s normal for a furane to cycle about 2 3 times every hour. If your furnace is starting and stopping more than that, it’s probably short cycling.
There are several reasons your furnace may be short cycling. While some are easy to fix on your own, others require professional assistance.
If your heat is not working, there’s no one better to call than Service Champions Plumbing, Heating, & AC. We are the only Diamond Certified plumbing and HVAC company serving Southern California. If you are in Los Angeles, Orange, or Riverside counties, reach out today! Either call the number at the top of the screen or click here to schedule an appointment online.