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3 Signs You Have a Problem With Your Electric Heat Strips

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Signs You Have a Problem with Your Electric Heat Strips

Residents of the Colorado Western Slope have options when it comes to heating their homes. Electric heat strips generate heat with electricity, which heats a metal strip or element. They are commonly found in heat pumps as a backup heating source, often known as auxiliary or emergency heat, when temperatures dip below what is optimal.


One way to tell if you have a problem with your electric heat strips is you’re not getting enough warmth. This could be caused by a malfunctioning electric heat strip or a problem with the electrical wiring. Another indication of a problem is they are overheating, which can be caused by a faulty thermostat, clogged air filters or a lack of proper general maintenance. If your heat strips seem stuck in an “on” position, the cause could also be one of those named. A professional inspection will show the source.

Other signs that you may have a problem with yours include an increase in your electric bill, a burning smell coming from the unit or a loud noise coming from the heating system. To avoid potentially dangerous situations, issues with them should be addressed as soon as possible.


To troubleshoot electric heat strip issues, first, check the thermostat settings and ensure it’s set to the correct temperature. You should also check the air filters and replace them if they are dirty. If these steps do not fix the problem, call the professionals at Climate Control Company. Our trained heating technicians will be able to accurately diagnose and repair any heating issue.

Regularly scheduled maintenance is necessary to keep every component of your home comfort system operating properly, including the heat strips. Climate Control Company offers a comprehensive Comfort Club maintenance package including complete heating and cooling system inspections, cleanings and repairs when needed.

Avoid system breakdowns by scheduling an appointment today with Climate Control Company.