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Heating Repairs Are Above the Layman’s Experience, Call in the Experts for Safety

February 10, 2017

Heating systems for the home or business can be done through a central heating system that has either a furnace, boiler or heat pump. It will heat steam, water or air in a central location. The heat is transferred by conduction, radiation or convection.

Heaters use either gasses, solid fuels or liquids. Another type is electricity that heat ribbons that have high resistance wire. The wire system is also used in portable heaters and baseboard heaters. Many times, there is a backup electrical heater for buildings that have pump systems.

Central heating systems will give heat to the whole interior of a building or to just certain parts or rooms. Central heat is generated in one place, the furnace room or basement in a residential home or in a mechanical room when heating a large building. The heat is generated and distributed throughout the building by ductwork, by forced air, by steam or water through pipes. Most buildings and homes use fossil fuel in a boiler or furnace.

If your furnace in not working, a technician can come out and do some troubleshooting to find the problem. The technician may start with a simple problem like checking the thermostat to make sure it is turned on to the heat cycle. Some thermostats use batteries. The tech will check those to make sure the batteries are still good. Dust or debris may be blocking the thermostat and keeping it from working properly. The next step the tech will take is to ensure that the breaker or fuse was not tripped or blown out. If so, he can replace the fuse and reset the breaker.

Some heating repairs Davenport IA may concern the filter in the furnace, the floor, wall or ceiling. Filters need to be cleaned each month or they will get to stuffed with dust and dirt. The tech can clean them or replace them. Once the filers are clean, the air will flow much better. The safety switch on the furnace door may have gotten worn out or the door may be ajar. If the door is not shut tight the safety switch will not allow the fan and burner to work.

The professional technician will also check the electric ignition or pilot control. Electronic control will eliminate the need for a flame, but gas furnaces need the pilot light. The tech will check to see if your furnace pilot light is lit and the electric connection is working properly. If not, these are simple repairs.

If your furnace is turning off and on again quickly it may be that the filter is dirty or worn out. If you have replaced the filter recently then the tech will check to see if the blower motor or belts need to be repaired or replaced. This could be a larger problem but the tech will have the proper experience and tools to fix them. It is important to have your heating system maintained with seasonal cleanings and tune-ups. The small repairs won’t cost as much if you do not ignore problems when they first start.