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Heating System Failure – Should I Repair or Replace the Old System?

Nothing can be more annoying than to turn on the central heat system during a cold spell only to notice it wants to stay in hibernation. Locating a service technician during those moments can add to the frustration. The majority of furnace problems begin with the unit giving you warning signs that it needs servicing by professionals.

Learn about things to watch for and ways to know if you're experiencing a heating system failure, call Brown & Reaves Services today at 843-497-9867

Problems That Can Interfere With Furnace Operation

A thermostat could be the culprit with the furnace failing to operate. Make sure the switch is turned on to the heat setting. You have to adjust the control dial to at least five degrees over the current room temperature for the furnace to click on. Make sure the power is on at the thermostat by checking the circuit breaker or fuse box.

Another cause of the problem might be a clogged air filter. If the heating system is on but heat flow is limited through the vents, then the problem suspected would be an extremely dirty filter. Every homeowner should purchase several filters for replacement during a heating cycle when they use the system continuously. Check filters often and replace them after four to six weeks of use even if they still look clean.

If the heating system problem isn’t corrected with the minor procedures listed above, turn the power off at the unit and turn the breaker off at the fuse box. You may have a serious problem that could include blower motor failure. A qualified technician would have to check the furnace to repair the problem.

Problems With Heat Pump Operation

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Heat pumps can give many similar problems as a gas furnace. After going through the procedures listed above, make sure the unit outside is free of obstructions. Leaves, plastic trash bags, and other items can block the flow of air. Over a period of time, they can cause serious damage to the unit.

Never try to make any repairs during a heating system failure unless you have advanced knowledge of what you’re doing. You can do more damage to the unit by doing unskilled repairs. A service call by local heating specialists can determine problems within your system. They usually recommend replacing the old system if the unit will cause costly repairs in the future.

To learn more things to watch for and ways to know if you’re experiencing a heating system failure, call Brown & Reaves Services today at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to answer any questions you may have about your system.

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