We all know how much we rely on our heating systems here in Alberta. When the furnace is running well, we don’t pay much attention to it. But when there are problems, we need solutions as soon as possible, especially in the winter.
Heating systems are complicated and potentially dangerous. It is good to know what types of issues you can fix with a simple DIY and when to call in the professionals.
Are Do It Yourself Furnace Fixes a Good Idea?
When it comes to your home heating system, there aren’t many fixes that you should try on your own. If your home doesn’t feel as warm as you’d like, start by checking the filter and the thermostat:
- Check and Change the Filter
Did you know that a dirty furnace filter can cause all sorts of heating issues? A full filter causes your furnace to work extra hard, which often results in higher-than-normal heating bills and can cause damage to the heat exchanger. A clogged air filter can even cause your entire system to shut down. It is recommended that you check and change your air filters at least every 3 months. This keeps the air in your home cleaner and your furnace working better.
- Check the Settings on the Thermostat
Make sure that your thermostat settings are right. If you have a smart thermostat, make sure that the settings match your lifestyle. For example, make sure that the heat is set higher when you are home and awake than it is when you are out or at night. Sometimes homeowners forget that they have changed the automatic settings and the house feels cold at the wrong times.
When to Call in the Pros
If you’ve changed your filter and checked the settings on your thermostat but your heating system still isn’t working properly, it is time to call in the professionals. It is better to have a technician come in and check out your system before it breaks down. Make an appointment as soon as you notice anything off, including any unusual noises, strange smells, or a cold house. An inconsistent temperature is also a warning sign that something might be wrong with your heating system.
If you are worried that your home’s heating system might malfunction, schedule an annual checkup with a professional furnace repair company. They can check everything over, complete routine maintenance, and recommend any proactive repairs.
Overall, it is a good idea to avoid potentially damaging your furnace and possible injury to yourself by limiting your DIY projects to things other than your home’s heating system.
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