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Are you experiencing issues with your home heater? As the temperatures drop, a malfunctioning heater can be a major source of discomfort. At Brown’s Plumbing and Heating, we understand the importance of a well-functioning heating system, and we’re here to help. In this guide, we’ll explore common problems with heaters and provide troubleshooting tips to keep you warm and cozy.

1

Insufficient Heat

Potential Causes:

  • Clogged air filters
  • Thermostat issues
  • Blocked vents or registers
  • Heating system wear and tear

Troubleshooting:

  • Replace dirty air filters regularly.
  • Ensure the thermostat is set correctly.
  • Check for obstructions around vents and registers.
  • If problems persist, schedule a professional inspection.
2

No Heat at All

Potential Causes:

  • Power or gas supply issues
  • Faulty pilot light (for gas heaters)
  • Malfunctioning thermostat

Troubleshooting:

  • Ensure the heater is receiving power and gas (if applicable).
  • Relight the pilot light (for gas heaters) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Test and calibrate the thermostat; replace it if necessary.
3

Unusual Noises

Potential Causes:

  • Sediment buildup in the tank (for water heaters)
  • Loose or damaged components
  • Expansion and contraction of heating elements

Troubleshooting

  • Flush the water heater tank to remove sediment buildup.
  • Tighten loose components, and inspect for visible damage.
  • Noises related to expansion and contraction are usually harmless.
4

Short Cycling

Potential Causes:

  • Clogged air filters
  • Thermostat issues
  • Improperly sized heating system
  • Blocked vents or registers

Troubleshooting:

  • Replace air filters to ensure proper airflow.
  • Calibrate the thermostat and consider a programmable thermostat for efficiency.
  • Consult with a professional to determine if your heating system is appropriately sized.
5

Uneven Heating

Potential Causes:

  • Blocked or closed vents and registers
  • Insufficient insulation
  • Damaged ductwork
  • Thermostat location

Troubleshooting:

  • Ensure all vents and registers are open and unblocked.
  • Add insulation to poorly insulated areas of your home.
  • Inspect ductwork for damage or leaks and repair as needed.
  • Consider relocating the thermostat to a more central location.
6

Pilot Light Problems (for Gas Heaters)

Potential Causes:

  • Gas supply issues
  • Dirty or clogged pilot orifice
  • Faulty thermocouple

Troubleshooting:

  • Verify the gas supply is active and the valve is open.
  • Clean the pilot orifice according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Replace the thermocouple if it’s malfunctioning.
7

Heating System Won’t Turn Off

Potential Causes:

  • Thermostat issues
  • Faulty limit switch (for furnaces)
  • Wiring problems

Troubleshooting:

  • Calibrate the thermostat and ensure it’s set to the desired temperature.
  • Test and replace a faulty limit switch (for furnaces) if needed.
  • Inspect wiring for damage or loose connections.
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Remember that while some heater issues can be addressed through troubleshooting, others may require professional assistance. If your heater problems persist or worsen, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Brown’s Plumbing and Heating. Our experienced technicians are here to ensure your heating system is running efficiently and effectively, keeping your home warm throughout the winter. Your comfort is our top priority.

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