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How to Repair a Damaged Heater
by Robert Red on Dec 16, 2020
If your heater or heating unit appears to be malfunctioning or isn't producing the expected heat output on a cold or chilly day, you will want to inspect your unit to check for any obvious reasons for the malfunction. However, it is important for safety and other reasons to inspect the unit properly.
The first step in inspecting your heater is to check the thermostat. Is your thermostat set to heat, or cool? If set to heat, is it set to automatic? Should your thermostat appear functional, the next step is to approach your HVAC unit and determine if it is operating; many heating units have a safety switch or an on-off switch that can be tripped when a panel is open or exposed.
If the power is on, the next item on your checklist should be your pilot light. Should your pilot light be out, make sure to follow safety precautions and instructions on how to relight it. During this process, you should check that your air filters are clean and clear of debris. The area around your furnace or heating unit should also be clear of clutter and debris.
Should your heating unit be leaking fluid, or making strange noises, the source of which cannot immediately be determined by opening your heater's main panel, you should call a professional
Is Hiring A Heating Specialist Necessary?
There may come a time when you are experiencing issues with your heating unit and will need to call professionals to resolve the problem. It is paramount to call on the professionals when the issue is beyond your understanding, to prevent a hazardous event from occurring that could hurt you, or others that live in your household, or further damage your heating unit. Skilled technicians in your local area usually give out free estimates, so you don't have to worry about spending your investment upfront before they inspect the issue and see if they can actually fix it.
An expert on heating and cooling will be well-equipped to resolve most, if not all, of your heating problems. Not only that, but a good heating expert will often be able to educate you on best practices to maintain your system, and independently troubleshoot if problems occur in the future. A heating expert or professional will be able to diagnose and resolve many of the present issues with your HVAC system and alert you of any foreseeable problems in the future, such as part replacement, or other maintenance concerns.
How To Know If Your Heater Needs To Be Replaced Or Repaired
If you've been experiencing an increase of issues with your heater or heating system, you may be asking if it's time to replace your heating system. This depends on the particular issues you are having with your system, and your system's age.
Most heating units have a life expectancy of 15 to 25 years, although many homes operate with older systems. If your HVAC system is over 25 years old, it would be best to have it replaced before it becomes necessary.
Increased utility bills may be a sign that your heater is beginning to fail, and operating less efficiently. If your furnace is making strange noises and requires frequent repair, this is another sign that your system needs to be replaced. Short-cycling, a process in which your furnace or heater turns on and off by itself frequently may be another sign of an aged system.
Replacing your heater or heating system will be a high expense item, but may very well be necessary for the health and safety of those living in your home. An unrepaired, older system could make those in your home sick with carbon monoxide poisoning and other allergens.
The best way to know if your system needs repairs or replacement would be to get an assessment from a professional that best understands the issues plaguing your heater, and how to best address and resolve these issues.
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