4 Common Heater Problems & How to Fix Them

Your heater plays an important role in keeping your house warm in winter. Like other household equipment, heaters tend to run into problems from time to time. A malfunctioning heater may heat unevenly or stop working altogether. If your heater is not working properly, have your heating contractor inspect and repair it.

Before your heating contractor arrives, try diagnosing the problem yourself. If you are successful, you can provide valuable input to the professional.

Here are some common heater problems.

Uneven Heating

If some rooms in your home are colder than others, your heater may have run into a problem, affecting its ability to distribute heat evenly throughout your home. Some common causes of heating problems include faulty/leaking ductwork, unclean/damaged air filters, and leaking air ducts. If everything seems fine, your heater may be the wrong size for your home.

Frequent Cycling

Short cycling occurs when your heater cycles on and off in rapid succession. The shorter this cycle, the harder your heater is forced to work to maintain the desired temperature. The problem can be caused by improper air circulation, a clogged air filter, or a faulty thermostat. Short cycling can affect the efficiency of your heater, and result in high energy bills. It can put immense pressure on heater components, causing them to deteriorate faster. Do not ignore the problem and have your heating contractor perform heater repair in Roseville as soon as possible.

An Unusual Burning Smell

It is not uncommon for heaters to produce a burning smell when being switched on for the first time in the season. A burning smell indicates that your heater is burning accumulated dust and debris. In some cases, a clogged filter can cause a furnace to give off a burning smell. Turn off your heater and unplug it. Next, change your air filters and get rid of any dirt or dust that has accumulated on the system. If your heater still produces a burning smell, call a certified technician.

*Note: If you have a gas heater and you smell gas in your house, turn it off immediately and call a trained technician. Get out of your home and wait for the professional to arrive.

Odd Sounds

Odd sounds coming from your heater could indicate a heater problem. Here are some common heater noises and what they mean.

➢ A hissing sound coming from a gas heater could indicate a gas leak. Shut your furnace off immediately and call for help.

➢ A whistling sound could mean your air filter is clogged and needs to be replaced immediately. It could also indicate a blocked return or closed vent. Change your filter and make sure no air vents are blocked.

➢ If your furnace makes a rattling sound, one of its panels may have come loose. Try tightening the loose panel. If the problem persists, call your contractor.

No matter how complicated the heater problem is, South Placer Heating and Air can help. Our technicians have years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining different types of heaters. To make an appointment, call 916-246-2089.