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Common Heating Malfunctions & How To Resolve Them

When it comes to heating a home, owners typically just know one thing: their system is working, or it isn’t. Yet, what if we told you that your heating malfunction may be a byproduct of misuse, not a system breakdown. Here are the main heating mishaps you may come across:

Dirty Or Clogged Air Filters

A blocked air filter will make your system work harder to circulate the air throughout your network. This not only restricts your airflow, causing you to believe your system isn’t working properly but also compromises your indoor air quality. Dirty air filters can also cause your limit switch, which controls your fan, to break down. Remember to change your air filters monthly to avoid accumulated dirt and debris from slowing down your heating.

Your Thermostat Is Faulty

If your thermostat is malfunctioning, it will appear as though your heating system is broken as well. Regardless of the type of thermostat you have installed, your system can run out of batteries or have the incorrect settings input, causing poor comfort control. If your motherboard is not functioning, your heating network won’t be either.

Your Air Ducts Have Leaks

If you feel like your heating system is underperforming, your air ducts may be leaking. This can result from built-up debris within your ductwork or uneven air pressure, both of which can cause cracking and breaking of your ducts. If this is the source of your heating woes, you will need to have your network of ducts inspected and repaired to restore adequate airflow in your home.

When air ducts leak, your energy bills will additionally skyrocket. If you notice a spike in your monthly utilities, and it does not correlate to an increase in use, this is a clear indication your system is not functioning properly.

For heating system inspections, repairs, and maintenance, contact The Plumbing Authority at (865) 238-2280. We are here to ensure you are set up for a warm winter. Don’t hesitate to reach out for service, as we are continuing to practice the CDC recommended protocols to ensure the safety and health of both our clients and our technicians.