How to Troubleshoot and Diagnose Home Heating System Problems

The wintertime is just around the corner, which means that you need to get your heating system in tiptop shape. The last thing you want is to be in the middle of a cold snap and realize that your heater or furnace is blowing out cold air. Not only can this be frustrating, but also it can be a threat to your well-being. This is exactly why you want to make sure your heating system doesn’t have any major issues. If your heater or furnace does have some major issues, there are a number of ways to narrow in on the problem and troubleshoot it. Here is how to troubleshoot and diagnose home heating system problems.

The first place you want to look at is your heating system’s filter. Nine times out of ten, the filter is the culprit when it comes to heater problems. If you can’t remember the last time you replaced the filter, you may as well pick up a new filter just to see if that resolves the issue. All you have to do is pop off the back plate of your heating system. The filter will be easy to locate. All you have to do is pop the old filter out and replace it. If the old filter is particularly dusty and filled with debris, there is a good chance that your heating system will be back in fighting shape after a quick swap out.

If you turn your system on and it is still acting up, you may want to check the blower unit. The blower unit is like the heart of your heating system – it spins and provides the warm air your system needs to heat up your home. There is a chance that the blower unit has flared out or has an obstruction. You can usually inspect the blower unit by looking inside your heater – with a mirror you will be able to see all the angles. If you can see anything out of place, you may want to remove the debris. If the blower unit looks damaged, you may need to replace it.

Next, if you have a heat pump system, you may want to check the outdoor unit. There is a small chance that the fan has a crack and is now inoperable. If you recallĀ choosing a heat pump for your home, there is a good chance that you remember seeing them install the outdoor unit. Well, you don’t want to forget that part of your heating system when you are diagnosing issues – it could be what is causing your entire system to malfunction.

In the end, there are many things that can go wrong with your heating system, but it is up to you to find out what those issues are before the cold weather starts to come through. If you inspect your heating system and you can’t seem to find the issue at hand, you may want to call a professional HVAC technician. The last thing you want is to attempt to fix your heating system and wind up causing more damage.

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