Is your home or business positively frigid, heating unevenly or intermittently? With Baltimore experiencing a bitter and frigid winter it’s no time to be dealing with heating system problems. That’s why Farnen and Dermer has prepared a list of common sources of heating system problems, so that you can keep your home or business warm this winter.
When trying to solve a problem, it’s always best to look at the simple solutions first. With heating problems, the first thing you should check is your thermostat. Make sure it’s set to heat, at least three degrees above the current room temperature, and check to see if it’s reporting the temperature accurately. If you have a programmable thermostat, check with its directions to make sure you have the settings right. If you have a forced air furnace make sure the fan is switched on, and if it is listen to make sure you can hear the fan. If none of this helps, it’s time to check the furnace itself.
Pilot Light or Igniter Problems
The first thing to check on a furnace is the pilot light, electric igniter, or surface igniter. If you have an older gas furnace and have an always on pilot light check to make sure the pilot light is on and producing a strong bright blue flame. If it is off, follow the instructions to relight it. If it will not relight, of if the flame is a weak yellow or red flame you should call professional HVAC technician, as a weak pilot alight could be producing carbon monoxide. Electric igniters and surface igniters should be serviced by HVAC professional.
The ignition is what we recommend checking first, but regardless of whether it is the cause of your problem or not, you should take the chance to look at your filter. You filter should be replaced, or cleaned it it’s reusable, monthly. Depending on whether you have children, pets, or are doing a lot of home improvement projects, you might want to replace it more often. A clogged filter can reduce the efficiency of your furnace, and reduce the amount of heat you get in your home.
If it’s not your thermostat, pilot light, or filter then it’s possible you’re looking at a more serious mechanical or electrical problem with your heating system. You may have a problem with a fan belt, the blower or bound gas inducer motors may be broken or stuck.
Need Heating System Maintenance or Replacement?
Can’t fix or diagnose the problem yourself? Call Farnen & Dermer. We can provide give your heating system a check up and get you a heating system maintenance plan, as well as provide any additional plumbing, heating, or HVAC information and service. In the event that your heating system is broken beyond the point of being affordable to repair, if you replace it with Farnen and Dermer you have a chance to qualify for special financing, 60 months 0% APR, that’s five years of no interest on your new heating and cooling system! Read more here.
Farnen & Dermer is located in Central Maryland, and we provide service, repair, and maintenance to customers throughout the state. The services we provide will not only ensure your heating unit operates at peak efficiency; they will also keep your family warm during the winter, and your electric bill manageable. If you have any questions about Heating System Maintenance or wish to schedule an appointment, call us at (410)-902-0020. You can also use our online contact form. You will be contacted by a member of our support staff within 24 business hours.
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