When the weather starts getting cold, the last thing you want is for your heating to give up the ghost. If this does happen to you, then it helps to be able to determine the problem and decide whether you can fix it yourself or if you need to call in the HVAC repair team. Here are a few common reasons your heating might not be working and what you can do about it.

The power’s cut off

A simple problem could be that the power has been cut off to your furnace, perhaps due to a tripped circuit breaker. Or perhaps you’ve simply forgotten that you switched off the furnace last summer. What to check will depend on the type of furnace you have. Check the switch to your furnace, the gas valve, or the circuit breaker to ensure that everything is turned on. If you have an older furnace, then it may have a pilot light that should be lit.

A faulty thermostat

Your problem may not be with your heating system itself, but with the thermostat. First, check basic things like whether your thermostat is on and set to a temperature that would require your heating to operate. If everything is set properly, your next step should be to check the batteries and change them if needed. If you’re still having problems, then call a professional to inspect your thermostat.

Leaky ductwork

The ducts in your HVAC system can weaken over time, especially if your system is old, or they can get accidentally damaged during renovations. If you notice a leak or if your heater simply isn’t heating up your home, then call a professional to check your ductwork and make any necessary repairs.

Cleaning is required

Your HVAC system requires regular maintenance to keep it operating properly. If you go too long without replacing your filters, then they will become clogged with dust and debris. This limits the flow of air and can cause your system to overheat. Check your filters if you have a heating problem and clean or replace them as needed. Your drain lines can also become clogged with water over time. This problem requires you to flush the drain lines, or call a professional to perform this task for you.

Faulty parts

A more serious issue with your home heating may be the result of a damaged or malfunctioning part within your HVAC system. If you’ve exhausted the tips on this list, then the best thing to do is call a professional HVAC repair technician to diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs or replacements.

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