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5 Common Heater Problems

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When winter weather and chilly temperatures arrive in the Arlington, Texas, area, you don’t want to worry about a malfunctioning heating system. Look out for these five common heater problems and learn when it’s time to call a professional HVAC technician for help.

Clogged Air Filters

One of the most common problems with HVAC systems is also one of the easiest to resolve. Heating and cooling systems rely on air filters to trap dirt, debris, and allergens as they cycle conditioned air throughout your home. Without an air filter, your heating system would absorb a lot of debris, leading to system breakdown and serious indoor air quality problems.

In addition to having an air filter in place, you will need to change it regularly. A regular filter replacement routine ensures that the filter won’t get clogged. Clogged air filters can cause the HVAC system to work harder than necessary. HVAC professionals generally recommend replacing the air filter every one to three months, with more frequent replacements during periods when you use your HVAC system more.

Malfunctioning Thermostat

The thermostat serves as your link to the heating system. It is where you control the comfort levels in your home. A broken or faulty thermostat can prevent the HVAC system’s fan from working or cause the system to stop and start irregularly. A malfunctioning thermostat can be caused by debris in the unit, faulty wiring or low batteries.

If your thermostat isn’t functioning properly, but you can’t detect an obvious problem like low batteries, contact an HVAC technician for help. An experienced technician can check the wiring, recalibrate the thermostat, and investigate other problems with your thermostat if necessary. If you are in the market for a new programmable or smart thermostat, a service tech can also make an educated product recommendation to you.

Inconsistent Heating Cycles

Consistent heating cycles are important for your family’s comfort and the health of your HVAC system. The cycles can also impact your utility bills. A heat pump that cycles too often can demand an excessive amount of energy, break down more often, and even cause indoor air quality problems.

If you notice that your heating system cycles between on and off inconsistently or more often than usual, this erratic cycling could be a sign of a dirty air filter, compromised airflow, or a malfunctioning thermostat. If you can’t resolve the problem after checking the thermostat and the air filter, contact one of our technicians for an effective solution.

Excessive Noise

A loud heat pump is more than annoying for your household. In fact, some noises can point to serious heating system problems. Rattling noises could be something simple, but they could also signal loose parts in the unit itself, or even in the ductwork.

Noises like grinding and squealing, however, can signal major problems. If you hear these sounds, contact your HVAC professional immediately. If your HVAC pro determines that the noises you hear result from the heating system working normally, he may still be able to offer solutions to help to control the noise.

General Wear and Tear

Heating systems experience general wear and tear over the course of the heating season. If Texas experiences a particularly cold winter, or if your system is more than 10 years old, the wear and tear might be too much for the system to handle. This situation can lead to system overheating and cause it to malfunction frequently. Regular HVAC maintenance is the ideal solution since a regular tune-up gives an HVAC technician the opportunity to discover potentially serious problems.

Since a professional HVAC technician has the know-how and tools to check technical parts of the system, you should leave this tune-up to a pro. Many regular maintenance plans also include 24-hour emergency repairs if you encounter a serious issue in-between maintenance calls.

Do any of the furnace problems we described here sound familiar? Call the heating experts at Airwise Heating & Air Conditioning at (817) 444-0090 before a minor issue becomes a major problem.

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