Five Common Heating Problems You May Be Experiencing

When it comes to the heating of your home, heating is not only a necessity, but one of the most important elements in your home. No matter what time of year it is, when your heating goes out or is not functioning like it usually does, it can be a big pain to try and figure out what is going on and how to fix it. Luckily for you, that's where Phil’s Heating and Air comes in! Today, we’re going to be discussing some of the most common problems that people run into, specifically when it comes to heating. Learn more, and connect with us today to get started!

Lack of Maintenance

No matter how well your system is working, routine maintenance is essential for the function of your heating system. Whether you have a gas heater or furnace, your HVAC system and appliances should be maintained or looked at every so often. Many times a lack of poor maintenance can lead to larger issues, that if they had been found earlier, could be completely avoided. It can also help you save money on your energy bills and on replacement parts. We recommend servicing your heating system at least once a year. This way you can be rest assured that your system is functioning properly.

Pilot Light or Ignition Control Issues

Modern heating systems usually have one of two types of ignition systems. These are, a hot surface ignition or an intermittent pilot. There are several types of mechanical failures, one being the furnace ignition control could be malfunctioning causing intermittent or no heat in your home. While these are common, they can create issues that are frustrating and can be difficult to fix by yourself. Make sure, for your own safety, that you are calling us, since messing with your heating systems can lead to further damage and other issues.

Clogged Filters

Clogged or dirty air filters can restrict the airflow within your home and to the area that your furnace is located. This can make the furnace work harder, which may cause it to overheat, shut off, or stop working altogether. Dirty filters can also blow the limit switch, which controls the fan to keep your heater at a good temperature.

Overrun Heat Pumps

If your home’s heat pump is constantly running, it could overheat and shut off. Heat pumps are designed best for climates that are consistently less than 35 degrees Fahrenheit. If your home is in a cold area, or the climate is different, you may experience heating issues. Similar to a clogged filter, if your heater is overrunning itself, it could shut off or overheat. Most heating systems have a system built in to shut off, should the temperature run too high or too low. This is for safety reasons, but could require the help of a heating expert to help you get the heat back on.

Your Energy Bills Are Too High

If you have a heat pump, this is common. While the energy bill is naturally higher during the colder months, a sudden spike could be the result of minor problems, like a tripped breaker in the outdoor unit or dirty air filter. It could also be due to moderate issues, like an iced-over outdoor unit or refrigerant leak, or severe complications, such as a damaged compressor. Make sure that you keep an eye on your energy bills, and if you notice higher costs, note that it could be due to a faulty heating system. While the energy bill will fluctuate and that is normal, any high spikes could be the result of needing to repair your system.

Phil's Heating and Air has been in business since 2017, and has over 20 years of combined experience. We understand how frustrating it can be when your heating system stops working, which is why we’re on standby to help assist you! We serve Johnson City, Jonesborough, Gray, Kingsport, Bristol, Elizabethton, Erwin, Piney Flats, and the tri-cities area. We love a good challenge, and will always get the job done right the first time. If you’re experiencing any of these common heating problems, we are here to help! Connect with our experts and get your heating system properly functioning today!