As heating systems age, they become more susceptible wear and tear as well as unexpected breakdowns. If you find yourself in need of heating system repairs, you can take comfort in knowing that the experts at San Diego Appliance Repair are on your side when you need them most. Our highly skilled technicians are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for quick resolution to the most common heating problems. We service all makes and models of:
Natural Gas Furnaces
Ductless Split Systems
Hot Water Heaters
There’s nothing worse than coming home to a cold house and a malfunctioning furnace. Believe it or not, some of the most common furnace problems can be easily solved with a little troubleshooting. Before you spring for a costly service call, it pays to check for:
CLOGGED AIR FILTER
If your furnace isn’t producing enough heat check your furnace filter. A clogged filter can obstruct airflow, making your system work harder to distribute heat throughout your home. Filters should be changed every 2-3 months.
CHECK THE THERMOSTAT
It may seem silly, but it’s important to check your thermostat settings. First, make sure that your thermostat is set to “heat” and that your thermostat date and time are correct. Occasionally thermostats can reset without notice. As a test, make sure your thermostat is set at least 5 degrees above room temperature. Whether or not your furnace kicks on will signify if your thermostat is communicating with your heating system. Also, if your thermostat runs on batteries, it might be a good idea to replace them in the event low battery life is the issue.
TRIPPED CIRCUIT BREAKER
If your furnace isn’t turning on at all, check to make sure that the circuit breaker hasn’t been tripped.
Sometimes a simple breaker reset (turn off then back on again) solves the problem.
INSPECT YOUR AIR RETURNS AND VENTS
Dust, dirt, and debris can build up on the air return and vent covers, blocking the flow of air. Furniture or curtains can also cause an obstruction when they cover the vent openings. Either one of these things can drastically impact a home’s comfort level.
CHECK SAFETY SWITCH
Every furnace has a safety switch nearby, most are located on the furnace itself. Make sure the switch is in on position.
It goes without saying, but if you smell burning/gas, hear loud noises or you notice that your pilot light has gone out – it’s time to call in the experts at San Diego Appliance Repair.
5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Furnace
The older your heating system gets, weighing the cost analysis of repairing vs. replacement becomes critical. We’ve put together the 5 most common signs it’s time to replace your heating system:
Aging systems not only lose efficiency, but they also lag in performance. If you start to experience hot and cold spots and uneven temperatures, it could be the first sign that your heating system is struggling to keep up with the comfort demands of your family.
FREQUENT REPAIR AND BREAKDOWNS
There comes a point in time where you just don’t need the hassle of unexpected breakdowns and costly repair bills. If you experience multiple breakdowns in a year, it’s time to consider a new system.
HIGH REPAIR COSTS
If your repair estimate is more than 1/3 the cost of replacement, you should consider investing in a new system.
RISING ENERGY COSTS
Newer systems are built with efficiency in mind. If you’re paying a bundle on your household energy expenses, a new system might quickly pay for itself.
YOUR SYSTEM IS MORE THAN 10 YEARS OLD.
The older your system gets the more expensive it becomes to repair. Don’t invest a lot into repairing a system that is close to reaching its life expectancy.