The central heating system makes the home comfortable and livable. But from time to time, problems crop up. While the homeowner might not understand every problem, there are a few things we can understand and try and fix them before the issue gets worse.
Noticing a few anomalies in the behavior helps us realize that things are not okay and signals that it’s time to take action. Some problems may be minor and can be rectified without much expenditure. Others may take more effort than thought of, and a professional might have to be called in.
Here are some indicators of the problems that people commonly encounter with a central gas heating system –
- No Hot Air Flow from Heating System
The problem could be with the fuel from the primary heat source. Check the amount of fuel in your heat source. Is it feeding enough fuel from the local gas supply source? The heater needs the gas to continuously run to keep it working. Either check the gas valves or have them checked by the professional. There may be other sources of the problem. It could be the blower that transmits hot air isn’t working or is damaged. First, press the reset button to check for the initial source of the problem. Once in a while, the button just needs to be reset for it to start blowing hot air again. But sometimes this step will not resolve the issue so shut off the blower and let the engine return to a normal temperature which might take about half an hour and restart it. When the blower overheats, it stops the machine from working, cooling it down helps restart the blower.
- Thermostat Not Reflecting Correct Temperature
Thermostats are used to set the temperature, but they also tend to wear out over time. From time to time, they too should be checked. Thermostats are designed to show the temperature while the machine is under way. When the set temperature is reached, the blower stops working. If the temperature at home feels like either too hot or too cold for the temperature you have set, the thermostat might be having a problem and should be regularly calibrated.
- Is the Room Radiator Too Cold to the touch?
Check the radiator to see if air is getting into the pipes. If so, it needs to be exhausted. Check the radiator valve. You will notice that there is a container nearby. Turn the valve anti-clockwise and you will hear the sound of air flowing out. Once the sound ceases, close the valve by turning it clockwise.]
- Dirty Filters Clogging Air Flow
Filters as in any type of appliance, have to be constantly cleaned since their job is to collect all types of dust, and dirt which will eventually block airflow if not cleaned. Check it regularly. When you notice the clog, clean it or else hot air will not flow into the home.