Sometimes things can get really unlucky for you, like your heater breaking down, and your regular heater repair technician not being in town at the same time. Instead of dealing with the lack of heat, there are some DIY heater repair tricks you can try out before calling a new contractor.
It helps if you know the general maintenance drill for heaters like checking and changing its air filters at least once a month if necessary. This not only prevents potential problems but also improves your furnace’s working efficiency by not consuming too much energy.
Your heater’s efficiency can also be improved and ready before the main heating season starts by vacuuming the area in front of its blower. It’s even better if you know how to safely remove the fan unit and clean it’s blades using a brush.
2. Pilot light
If your deducted heating has a pilot light, there is a chance that the light does not burn. This usually happens if its orifice is too clogged, and can be rectified by a piece of thin wire. Just insert the wire into the orifice, and remove any accumulated debris in it.
If the light doesn’t stay lit, then it may because it needs a little opening up. Check the owner’s manual and keep turning it’s flame adjustment screw in the direction mentioned till you get a completely blue two-inch flame that has no yellow in it.
Of course, it goes without saying that all this has to be done only after switching off the furnace’s gas and electricity supply to prevent any untoward accidents.
Sometimes your heater may not be working properly just because it’s thermostat isn’t set properly. This problem is easily solved by raising its temperature by a few degrees, with a few pushes of a button.
If there’s a change in the temperature, it means the heater is okay and if not, check the warm air flow. There may be something blocking the flow of air or the heating registers may be closed.
4. Circuit breaker panel
Don’t forget to check the most obvious, your circuit breaker panel as it may be the reason for your heater not working. If your heater’s break is in the middle position, cycle it to back and reset it and if it’s in the ‘off’ position, just reset it.
If you are not comfortable handling the circuit breaker, and if there’s still no changes in the heating process, then it’s better calling the heating repair Melbourne to take a look at your heater.
5. Repair or replacement
Your heater contractor will be able to identify the problem, and adjudge if it’s worth repairing or replacing the heater. Remember, sometimes the heater repair job may be expensive, and may not provide a permanent solution to your heating problems.
In such conditions, a heater replacement would be a better option. If this is the case, it’s also better to consult and compare quotes from a few contractors before you finally decide if you will save money and enjoy a warm home by repairing or replacing your heater.