In Florida, we might be in over our heads sometimes with heating systems. Your house certainly has one but it may not get used very often. Therefore, when problems arise with the furnace or other heating equipment in your home, it’s tempting to call an air conditioning company in Jacksonville, FL right away.
However, the problem may not always be as serious as it seems. You may not even need an HVAC contractor. Make sure you do these initial troubleshooting tasks before you spend money on a heating contractor house call.
Check the Power Source
Before getting on the phone with the air conditioning company in Jacksonville, FL, turn the equipment off and back on. We sometimes will get calls from people whose heat isn’t working at all. It may seem like the simplest thing in the world. However, you may be surprised at how many people we talk to whose problem could be solved by plugging in the power source for their electric appliances.
The problem is complicated often by the fact that water heaters, furnaces, and air conditioners don’t have a simple plug like a microwave or toaster. Be sure that you haven’t tripped a circuit breaker and that there is power going to the heating system. Determine if the heating system is running at all, or if it’s just blowing cold air rather than warm.
Check Out the Ventilation
If you have a heating system that runs on forced air such as a furnace or heat pump, go around the house and check the vents before calling the HVAC company for repair. Sometimes people will call us because their home is heating unevenly, or some rooms are chilly while others are getting toasty.
If this is the case for you, know that while there could be a problem with the ductwork or the way the furnace is blowing air, there’s another possibility. The solution to your problem may be walking room to room to make sure all the vents are open.
While checking the vents, it’s a good idea to make sure there aren’t any blockages. Check the vents in the room you’re having problems in. Be sure that the vents are clear and that kids haven’t stuffed toys or paper down the vents. Keep in mind there should also be 18 inches of clearance around the vent so be sure the furniture or window coverings aren’t also covering the vent.
Check the Thermostat
Sometimes the problem with your heating system comes down to programming the thermostat. If the thermostat is set incorrectly, or the clock on the device is incorrect, you may have a problem with your heating system you weren’t expecting. It’s a good idea to keep the thermostat at a safe height so kids can’t mess with it. Something we always recommend to customers is investing in a programmable thermostat so you can set it and forget it.
Ideal Conditions is proud to be the premier air conditioning company in Jacksonville, FL to call whenever you need HVAC maintenance or repairs. If you’re having problems with your heater, give us a call so we can help you troubleshoot and if needed, come out for service.