As the year starts to come to an end in the Wilmington area, the temperature starts to drop and in comes the cool, crisp air. When the weather outside is cold, who doesn’t like to relax in a nice, warm home? The last thing you want on a frigid winter day is for your heat to quit working, but unfortunately, it does happen. The good news is that when your system does have problems, O’Brien is here for all your heating system repair needs and we offer 24 hour emergency service!
When to Call for a Heating System Repair
There are a few signs to look for that could mean your heating system is experiencing problems. Some obvious ones are unusual noises and smells. That being said, keep in mind that different systems make different noises, so just because you do hear a noise doesn’t necessarily mean there is a problem. Also if you’re turning your heat on for the first time, it is not uncommon for it to initially have an odor. Other signs to look for is if your energy bill is abnormally high, or your system is having trouble maintaining the set temperature. The best time to call for a heating system repair is when you first notice an issue. By having a professional take a look right away, they could possibly prevent a major, costly repair.
Before Calling for a Heating System Repair
There are a few things that you can check before calling for a heating system repair that might solve the issue your system is experiencing.
If your system is not heating, here are a few issues and their possible solutions:
- If you have a gas system, your gas might be turned off. The recommended actions would be to check the gas valve at gas company meter, check the shutoff valve at furnace and check for other shutoff valves. Contact the gas company to have the gas valve turned on or call O’Brien.
- Your system could be turned off or unplugged. In this situation you should check both your thermostat, as well as your heating system to make sure both are plugged in.
- Your thermostat could be incorrectly set, or turned off. Check that your thermostat is set to heat and that it is reset to your preferred temperature.
- Your circuit breaker may have tripped. If this is the case, check your circuit breaker box, and reset the circuit breaker.
If you have limited or no airflow there are a few different causes why this could be occurring. Here are a few of the reasons that you may have restricted airflow, and some recommended solutions:
- Your filters could be dirty, in which case they need to be cleaned or replaced. This is one of the most common causes of air restriction. It’s very important to change your filters regularly. If the problem persists then give O’Brien a call.
- Your heating system might be frozen up due to a dirty coil. Our recommended action if this is occurring is to call O’Brien to come check the system. In the meantime, you can shut the thermostat off for 1-3 hours to see if it will defrost. If it does defrost, you’ll still want a professional to come and evaluate it.
There are several other reasons to call for a heating system repair, such as your system constantly running, an overflowing drain pan, and high utility bills. If you don’t feel comfortable diagnosing the issue by yourself, don’t hesitate to call! No repair is too small or too big! Also remember to leave to major heating system repairs to the professionals. Don’t forget, the best way to prevent a repair is to have your heating system maintenance inspection done annually!