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Common Heater Problems and What You Can Do

Is your heater acting more like an icebox? It can be frustrating to find your heater not doing its job when the chill sets in. At Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we can help you get warm again with help from our reliable services which include air conditioning repair, furnace repair, and heating replacement. Are you unsure whether your heater issues warrant a call to an HVAC company? Read below for information that can help you make the best decision.

Common Culprits Behind Heating Issues

Knowing about common problems can make it easier to identify what's happening with your unit and solve the issue faster. Some frequent issues include:

  • Uneven Heating: One room feels like a sauna while another resembles an icebox.
  • Strange Noises: A symphony of clinks, clangs, and bangs that could scare the cat.
  • High Energy Bills: Your bills are skyrocketing even though you're not running an underground data center.
  • No Heat: The system is running, but it's just blowing cold air.

Heater Troubleshooting 101

Before you ring up a technician, there are some simple things you can examine yourself:

  • Check the Basics: Make sure the unit is plugged in, the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped, and the thermostat is set correctly.
  • Inspect Filters: Dirty or clogged filters can significantly hamper performance. Clean or replace them if needed.
  • Look for Leaks: If you have a water-based system like a boiler, look for any leaks that could be affecting performance.
  • Examine External Units: If your system has an external component like a heat pump, make sure it's not blocked by snow, leaves, or other debris.

It's On, But It’s Not Hot

Sometimes the heater seems to be running just fine, but the air it's spitting out is colder than your aunt's heart. This could be due to a number of factors:

  • Faulty Thermostat: The thermostat might not be communicating effectively with your heating system. Try replacing the batteries or resetting it.
  • Ignition Issues: If you have a gas-based system, the pilot light or ignition could be the problem. Reignite the pilot light if it’s out, or call an HVAC company for more complex ignition issues.
  • Blocked Vents: Make sure all vents are open and unblocked for proper airflow.

How Long Will My Heater Stick Around?

Your heater isn't immortal. Typically, different types of heating systems have different lifespans:

  • Furnaces: Approximately 15-20 years
  • Boilers: Around 15-30 years depending on the model and maintenance
  • Heat Pumps: Roughly 10-15 years

Regular maintenance can extend these numbers, but remember, technology and efficiency improve over time. So, even if your heater is still working after two decades, a newer model might save you more in energy costs in the long run.

Do You Need Professional Services for Your Heating Issue?

Are you struggling with heating problems? Call the team at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air today. We're committed to making your home as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible. With years of experience in dealing with heating and cooling systems, we're your go-to resource for any HVAC needs. Contact our office for more details or to schedule a time for your next air conditioning repair, heating replacement, or furnace repair.

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