keeping your HVAC system running efficiently

Do you know what it takes to keep your home heating system working efficiently? Most people know that the filters need to be changed from time to time, but exactly when should you be changing them? What type of filter should you be using? Is there anything else that homeowners can do to ensure that the system they rely on to heat and cool their homes operates using as little energy as possible? My blog will show you all sorts of things about maintaining your home heating and cooling system. In the end, you will know just what to do to take care of your home's system.

Tips For Troubleshooting Your Heater When You Have No Heat

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If your heater breaks down in the cold months, then you might be in a big rush to get it fixed. However, you don't necessarily need to go out and hire a professional to do so. In fact, a great many heater problems can be diagnosed and fixed by the average homeowner. To help you do so, here are some tips for dealing with a heater that gives no heat at all:

Is there any heat at all?

If your heater isn't working at all, then there is likely a problem with the power. At this point, there are several things that you will need to check.

First of all, you should take a look at the circuit breaker. It's easy for a switch to get flipped if you had a power outage recently or if you have a lot of high-wattage appliances in a single area of your home. If you don't immediately know where your circuit breaker is, then you should take a look around the perimeter of your house and in closets or the garage.

If the circuit breaker was not the culprit, then you will want to check on the thermostat. This should be located on the heater or very close to it, but you will want to have a good idea of how your model works before tinkering around with the settings. Different heaters might use different settings to start, and you should be able to look up the model and manufacturer of your heater to get a good idea of which settings are ideal. Both pieces of information should be listed on a label on the heater.

Next, you'll want to make sure that your heater is actually getting power. To do this, check power cords near the heater along with a brief inspection of the heater itself. If you have a gas-powered heater, then there should be a visible pilot light if the heater is getting power. You're mainly looking for things that look obviously broken, such as worn or frayed wires. An abundance of dust may seem problematic, but it won't usually prevent a heater from working at all. Instead, all that dust will reduce the efficiency of your heater and force it to use extra power (which means higher utility bills for you) to heat your home.

If you do determine that your heater is not getting power, yet are unable to immediately solve the offending problem, then you should consult a professional like Allied Air Conditioning & Heating Corp. Heaters use a lot of power, which means that they can be pretty dangerous. High wattage means that you can get shocked pretty badly if you touch certain parts of a heater without proper protection, such as insulated gloves.

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15 December 2015