Imagine this scenario: a chilly winter wind has blown a surprise cold front through Houston. You rush to turn on your furnace but when you walk by the vents, you notice that there’s only cold air coming out! At Air Tech of Houston, our goal is to protect you and your family from mechanical mishaps like these before they catch you unawares! We’re always ready and eager to handle any heater replacements, installations, maintenance checks and repairs that you may need before the temperatures drop.
Read on for more info about simple heater problems that you can fix yourself, or chat with one of our friendly team members for a second opinion at any time!
Change Out Your Filter
One easy way to fix your furnace if it’s malfunctioning is to switch out your air filter. Filters are relatively cheap to replace and easy to install, which is an added plus for DIY problem-solving. When an air filter is left in a device for over 90 days, it’s usually too clogged with dust, dirt and dander to do its job correctly. A dirty filter can strain your heating system and limit its ability to circulate warm air throughout your home, causing your utility bill to become more expensive as well.
Check Your Thermostat
Thermostat issues are another reason your furnace may be pumping out cold air rather than hot. Defective thermostats are usually malfunctioning due to the following:
When was the last time you checked your thermostat’s battery life? For these devices, the battery doesn’t have to crash completely for issues to surface. Like any other household appliance, battery-operated thermostats need their power source replaced every once in a while in order to function properly.
Take a look at the display on your thermostat. Is the fan set to “on?” If so, this may be what is causing your furnace to circulate chilly air throughout your home. When the fan is on, your device is set to keep air moving nonstop, both hot and cold. A furnace can’t pump out hot air constantly, so make sure to set your thermostat fan to “auto” instead. This directs your heater to only pump out warm air.
Other Troubleshooting Tips
Maybe you’ve checked your filters and thermostat, but your furnace is still not operating like it used to. Before calling one of our technicians, it may be smart to:
- Chat with your family and make sure no one has accidentally bumped or messed with the thermostat settings.
- Check your gas valve and ensure that it’s clean and fully functional.
- Wash each component of your furnace thoroughly.
Contact Us For High-Quality Houston Heater Maintenance!
Are you ready to enjoy some peace of mind when it comes to prepping your furnace for cooler temperatures? At Air Tech of Houston, we’re committed to providing you with the best Houston HVAC and furnace services every time we step through your door!
That’s why we offer our clients the opportunity to join our Shield of Protection program, which includes benefits such as priority service within 48 hours, free diagnostic fees, and inexpensive repairs! Feel free to contact us through our website by setting up an appointment, or give us a call today!