Chances are you do not pay much mind to your heating system until it stops working. Unfortunately, heater problems will inevitably crop up for one reason or another. Nevertheless, this does not have to be a serious cause for alarm. As long as you have been carrying out the necessary maintenance measures, it is likely that a minor issue is causing the cold air. Several checks can be carried out to help you determine what is causing the malfunction. If you cannot discern the problem, it is advisable to have a professional technician give the system a once over. So how do you troubleshoot why your heater is emitting cold air?
Check your HVAC systems filters
Filters are the hardest working components of your HVAC system. Nonetheless, they tend to be out of mind since they are located out of sight. Neglecting to care for your filters will lead to severe clogging over time, and this will significantly impede the flow of air. It is essential for every homeowner to know whether their filters need routine cleaning or replacement and subsequently stick to a schedule that will ensure debris does not accumulate inside them. Start your troubleshooting by attending to the filters and check to see if this solves your cold air problem.
Check your ductwork
If your filters seem to be in tiptop condition, the next step to troubleshooting issue with your HVAC would be inspecting the ductwork. Various issues can develop with the ductwork that would steadily affect the heating in your home. A common problem with ductwork is the onset of leaks that remain undetected. Ductwork is typically installed in the attic or crawl spaces so it would be prudent to access these areas and carry out a physical inspection on the ductwork for signs of air blowing out the pipes. If your ductwork is located behind walls, or if you cannot reach these hard to access spots, you should have an HVAC technician come and check it for you. The presence of leaks will require re-sealing or replacement of the ductwork if the damage is extensive.
Check the pilot light
Homeowners whose HVAC systems operate on gas may find that the problem lies with the furnace. In some cases, the valve may have shifted, cutting the gas supply that is required to turn on the heating. In other cases, the pilot light may have acquired damage and would need to be replaced. Be warned that dealing with the gas supply is dangerous and should only be handled by a qualified professional.Share
13 October 2017
Howdy! I'm Hank and I am writing this blog so I can give you the lowdown on the cheapest and most effective ways you can heat or cool your home. I'm not a trained HVAC contractor but my brother is. Last year, I called up my brother and asked him to drive over and install a new HVAC system in my property. The old system wasn't cooling or warming my house and it was making a strange noise. During the installation, my brother gave me lots of great advice and explained exactly what he was doing at each step. I hope you find this information useful.