Troubleshoot Your Home Heating Emergency Before Calling for Repair Service
Every homeowner knows that sinking feeling of switching on the heat and getting no response. The radiator is cool to the touch. Nothing is coming through your vents or floorboards.
At Roach Energy, we know all too well how nerve-wracking it can be to have no heat on a cold night. And the winter nights in eastern West Virginia can get pretty frosty. But there’s no need to panic if your furnace or boiler is asleep when it should be warming your family. Our expert technicians are trained to handle any heating system repair you have.
However, there are many reasons that your home heating might not turn on. You can identify and fix some yourself. Here are steps you can take to diagnose your furnace or boiler issue before calling for service.
Check Your Switches, Fuses and Thermostat
If this is your first time heating your home for the season, there is a good chance that some of your equipment is not switched on. Here are some items to check:
Are all your heating equipment’s power switches in the “on” or “start” position?
Is the thermostat’s system switch in the “heat” or “auto” position?
Is the fan in the “on” or “auto” position?
Is your thermostat set at least five degrees over the current room temperature?
If there’s still no heat with these switches in the correct position and the thermostat set well above the current temperature, check for a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
Check Your Pilot
If your furnace or boiler has a pilot light, ensure that it has not gone out. Without a lit pilot, your equipment will not produce heat. Luckily, relighting your pilot is a simple process, often as easy as pressing a button.
Consult your equipment’s instructions for lighting your pilot. They usually are printed right on the appliance.
Look for Blocked Vents
If you have a forced-air heating system with ductwork, there might be a blockage in the vent. Check your air filter if there seems to be low airflow. Also, ensure that vents are not clogged or blocked by carpets and furniture.
Reset your Burner
If your system is oil-fired, you may need to reset your burner. You can do this by pushing the red reset button on your burner. Make sure only to do this once. Otherwise, you risk flooding your system with oil.
Check Your Oil or Propane Tank
After all the above steps, is your heat still not coming on? You might be out of oil or propane. Locate your tank and check its gauge.
If you find that your fuel tank is low, contact us, and we will send one of our delivery drivers to get your system up and running as soon as possible.
Roach Energy’s home heating experts are just a phone call away. If your system is without heat and none of these tips solved the issue, call us and we will have your home warm and comfortable in no time!