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How You Can Avoid Inconvenient Problems With Your Home's Heating System

There are few things more frustrating than a malfunctioning heating system in the middle of winter. Some of the more common issues are noises coming from the heater, uncomfortable temperatures, bad quality air, and the like. While you may not be able to prevent all possible issues, there are some things you can do to avoid some problems with your home's heating system:

Check the Flame Sensors

A flame sensor is an important component of a home's heating system, particularly regarding safety. A flame sensor detects live flames when the gas valve is open. If you do not have your heating system maintained regularly, you may have a problem with the functionality of the flame sensor. The sensor can also get dirty and not be able to adequately detect fire. If your safety switch is working properly, it should engage and prevent any fires in the system. A new flame sensor is relatively inexpensive, so be sure to have it checked with the rest of your system.

Check the Motor

Furnaces have motors to help move the hot air during the ductwork and into your house. If the motor stops working, the air will get hot but cannot get where it is supposed to go. Your thermostat will continue to make attempts to cycle because the room temperature will not change. The furnace could eventually overheat, making matters much worse.

Make Sure the Thermostat Works

One problem that may seem small is a broken or malfunctioning thermostat. The thermostat controls what the furnace does. When the thermostat does not work, your furnace will not heat the house. You can typically tell the thermostat is the problem if the digital display is blinking or not showing any information, the thermostat does not cycle, or the furnace does not respond to your thermostat settings. A thermostat is a very easy fix. In many cases, you might need a replacement, though they are quite affordable. If you have to replace the thermostat, look into some different options available. There are many thermostats on the market that are designed to save money by cycling more efficiently. You can also invest in a smart thermostat that you can control from your smart device.

If you want to avoid heating problems, especially in the winter season, the best thing you can do is have your heating system inspected a few times a year to make sure all components are working like they should. To learn more, contact your local residential heating company today.