When the heating system turns on, we all expect warm air to keep our Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home comfortable even during the coldest winter weather. When you turn the house heater on and you feel cold air coming out of the vents, it’s not a good feeling. The good news is not every one of these situations requires a heating system repair. Let’s examine some common problems.
Patience is a virtue
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You know how you have to wait for the water to get warm before you hop in the shower? Well, the same thing is true for your HVAC equipment. Just because you feel cold air when you first turn it on doesn’t mean the house heater is not working. If the air does warm up in a matter of a few minutes, then chances are you don’t have a problem at all.
Check the thermostat
In this day and age of programmable and smart thermostats it’s not unusual to find the thermostat is the reason the house heater is not working. Before making a call for an emergency repair, double check that thermostat. If you are confident it’s set correctly, also make sure the batteries don’t need to be replaced.
Inspect the ductwork
Leaks and poor insulation can mean all that nice hot air your heating system produces is being wasted in the ductwork before it ever gets to the living areas in your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home. Not all ducts are easily accessible. If you’re not comfortable crawling around in attics, crawl spaces, and basements, you may want to leave this to the professionals and make the call for a heating system repair.
Check the pilot light
Furnaces must have some type of ignition system, a pilot light or electronic igniter, to light the fuel on fire. If your system is blowing cold air, there’s a chance the pilot light has gone out. There should be instructions on the furnace about how to relight it. If you have an igniter that’s not working, you will have to call in a technician.
Many problems can be prevented
The best way to avoid a situation where your house heater is not working is to practice good preventative maintenance. During routine tune-ups Climate Control technicians can often identify and fix problems before they cause a breakdown. In almost every case paying for regular maintenance is much cheaper than paying for major heating system repairs, especially if it’s an emergency repair.
Here to help
Climate Control Company has been serving the heating and cooling needs on the Western Slope since 1956. If your heating system is blowing cold air, then give us a call. Working together we can determine what the problem is and whether the best choice is to repair your current system or think about replacing it. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great information like this.