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Heating Repair: What to Do and NOT to Do When Using Your System

When it is cold, it is your heating system that keeps the temperature in your home comfortable. Maintaining it and ensuring that it’s used properly is a year-round job to avoid breakdowns, especially when you need it the most. Otherwise, you lose the home appliance that protects you and your family from illnesses caused by low temperatures.

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Top Warnings Indicating Your Home Needs Immediate Heating Repair

A well-used heating system is bound to need some repair at some point in time. This is especially true if you have utilized it over several winters. When it comes to heating repair and maintenance, the simple rule of thumb remains: have it repaired immediately and regularly to prevent bigger issues that translates into higher costs. More importantly, repairs should be done to keep your family warm during the cold weather.

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Heating Repair Tips: Check Your Thermostat First!

Most homeowners find it difficult to determine the cause of their heating system malfunction. Often the problem is in the heating unit itself, but sometimes you can fix an issue taking a closer look at your thermostat. Learn how to troubleshoot a thermostat before calling a heating repair specialist.

Troubleshooting a Heating System with a Thermostat

Learn how to troubleshoot a thermostat before calling a heating repair specialist.

A thermostat is an electrically controlled temperature monitoring device which can be adjusted for comfort levels and turned on or off. If your heating system is not working, the first thing you should do is to check if the thermostat is turned on. Then make sure the heating unit is turned on as well. If it’s turned on but still no heat is coming out, check the circuit breaker to make sure an overload or an overheated motor fan didn’t trip it.

Our heating repair specialists also recommend checking the thermostat’s batteries. Homeowners often forget about batteries since they are not easily accessible. If the batteries are drained it’s time to replace them. Typical batteries have to be replaced periodically to keep the thermostat functional at all times.

Have you recently experienced a power outage in your area? During a power failure the thermostat may lose the program preset by a homeowner, and thus, it appears as if it doesn’t work properly.

Heating repair experts always agree the location of the thermostat is crucial and can cause the device to monitor incorrectly. Thermostats should be installed on walls closest to the return vent so they can accurately detect temperature inside the home.

What about Mechanical Thermostats?

Mechanical thermostats with a mercury bulb switch inside must be leveled to receive accurate temperature readings inside the home. If a mercury bulb is broken, care should be taken to clean it up and dispose of it. Mechanical thermostats are calibrated with the tools used by your local HVAC technicians.

Repair and replacement of any type of thermostat should be done by a qualified HVAC professional who has the tools necessary to perform this service. In most cases, however, the root of the problem is located inside the heating unit and may have nothing to do with the thermostat.

Whatever thermostat you have, you can always seek help from heating professionals like Brown & Reaves Services, Inc. in Myrtle Beach for maintenance and even installation, should you opt for a new one. Call us today at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form to schedule a service call to make sure your Myrtle Beach heating system is ready for the winter ahead.

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Heating Repair Strategies That Will Save You Money

Unfortunately, a lot of people wait to invest in heating maintenance once it breaks down in the middle of winter and your teeth are chattering. However, skipping maintenance and upgrades to your climate control system is a waste of money. Your warm air will be slipping out the window along with your money. Rather than taking your chances, investing in your home early and regularly will help maintain its value longer and will reduce costly emergency HVAC house calls.

Here are three simple strategies that will decrease your energy bills and keep you warm during the colder months.

1. Seal
Maybe your furnace or heating system isn’t the problem. Heating repairs can start from the outside in. Proper sealing of your home is one of the best ways to trap the warmth inside and prevent it from leaking through cracks and crevices. Check all windows, doors, and other potential openings to make sure there is a strong seal and no damage that may be allowing excessive airflow. A few places where hidden holes often lie are the attic, crawl spaces, or basement (if you live in an area that has basements). You may want to hire a professional to inspect these areas, as they can be difficult and dangerous to maneuver around on your own. In addition to sealing these hot spots, your ductwork may have leaks as well. Air will not flow properly and can result in uneven heating if there are any holes.

Insulation2. Insulate
Insulation is another problem in many older homes. Fiberglass, which is a popular pink foam-like batting used within many walls, is far less energy efficient than new varieties of insulation. Your furnace, heat pump, ductwork, or boiler may all be working in top form, but you won’t reap the benefits of a warm house and lower energy bills if your insulation is working against you. If possible, consider upgrading to a more economical option. While expensive to install initially, eco-friendly spray foam insulation has a much greater energy rating, resale value, and overall longevity than its older counterparts. It comes with some other great benefits such as soundproofing and built-in pest control.

3. Regular Maintenance
Just because your heater is working now, doesn’t mean it will be running at top performance levels all year long without some maintenance. Many minor heating repair jobs can be done on your own, such as dusting the vents, checking and changing the air filter, and cleaning the outside of the condensing coil. While a little bit of elbow grease on your part is helpful, you’ll still want to have a professional tune up annually, or at the very least every two years, depending on the amount you use your system. Our Myrtle Beach HVAC professionals will inspect all working parts such as the ignition, fan switch, thermostat, ducts, and drains. They will also perform tests, lubricate the machinery for more fluid movement, and top off or change fluids as needed. These small tasks can prevent bigger, more expensive problems from developing in the future.

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