How To Troubleshoot Your Heater
Heaters are incredibly important in most parts of the world. The last thing you want is for your heater to break down during a particularly cold winter. Even if you live in a temperate climate, a broken heater can mean an extremely uncomfortable couple of months. To prevent that from happening, here are a couple of tips on how to troubleshoot a heater that is giving you trouble.
First, you will need to figure out how extensive the problem is. If your whole house is lacking heat, then the problem is likely close to the heater itself. However, if the problem is only present in some rooms, then you might need to look at your ventilation.
- Check Every Room - You will want to look at every room with a heating vent. Turn the heater on and close up as many doors and windows as possible. In an hour or two, check every room to see if they are sufficiently warm. The more rooms that are affected, the deeper the problem might be in the ventilation.
- Try to Clear the Vents Yourself - If only a single room is affected, you might be able to clean out the vents yourself. Open up the covering and look around with a flashlight. If you can see the blockage, you might be able to reach it with a long thin object or a vacuum hose.
- Call the Professionals - However, most blockages are too deep for you to reach on your own. In such a case, you might want to consider hiring a ventilation cleaning company. They will bring specialized, long vacuums that are able to clear out your entire ventilation system.
If you find that none of your rooms are getting heat, then there are a few possibilities to consider. Either there is a blockage in the ventilation right next to the heater, which would prevent hot air from getting anywhere, or your heater is just not working.
- Blockage Close to the Heater - If there is a blockage that close to the heater, then the buildup of pressure might result in an explosive situation. Turn off the heater and consult a professional heating service.
- Heater Isn't Working - If your heater isn't working, there are a couple of easy ways to check how severe the problem is. Check the thermostat and the circuit breaker. Minor adjustments to either might bring your heater back online. If that doesn't work, it is not recommended that you try to examine the heater yourself. Large appliances tend to accumulate a lot of heat and electricity, both of which can be very dangerous.