Common Symptoms of a Broken Heater
- Your heater is blowing cold air
- Your heater or fan never shuts off and runs constantly
- The heater never turns on
- The heater runs for 5 seconds then shuts off
- The thermostat doesn’t turn on
Common Symptoms the Heater Has A Slower Chronic Problem That Can Be Proactively Addressed
- Your heating bill is increasing with no lifestyle changes on your part
- You experience unpleasant smells
- You experience inconsistent temperatures from room to room
- You hear weird sounds coming from the unit
- The system is loud when it turns on
Air Conditioners and Heaters In Arizona Can Have These Problems If You Notice The Heater Is Not Working
- Clogged filter. I hate to list this one, but sometimes it really is as easy as turning your system off and changing your filter to get your heater working properly again. Before you make a heating repair call, check your filters if possible and change them out if needed. Speaking of clogged filters, read why other restrictions could also cause your heater to stop working and actually blow cold air out of your vents in the winter.
- Bad fan motor. A bad fan motor can cause the heater not to work and can be caused by a bad fan relay, where the contacts inside the relay get stuck open and go bad. Having to replace a fan relay is much less expensive than the fan motor and a good heating and cooling technician will be able to tell the difference and not turn a potentially easy fix into a complicated one. A bad capacitor can also stop the fan motor from running and providing the home with heat. Fan motors in general can also just go bad due to the motor burning up or the bearings seizing.
- Bad capacitor. Capacitors store energy for the compressor and fan to run and is made up of dielectric plates with an oil in-between the plates. Over time, the capacitors deteriorate and their rated capacity diminishes. Once the capacitor goes bad, your heater will not work because the fan motor will not run.
- Bad reversing valve. Reversing values are only found in heat pumps and reverse the flow of refrigerant depending if you are heating or cooling the home. A bad reversing value in the heating season can often be confused with a compressor failure. Again, a costly mistake on the heating and cooling technicians’ part. A reversing value may be stuck in the heating or cooling position due to a bad solenoid which would cause your heater to not blow hot air in the winter.
- Burnt or faulty electrical wiring. Bad thermostats, poor splice connections or loose wires can also be the culprit in your heater’s problems. A line by line electrical check can diagnosis if any wires have gone bad in the heating and cooling system.
- Bad pressure switches, pressure sensors, limit switches, or flame sensors on gas furnaces. On furnaces good technicians will be able to diagnose these problems by simply reading the blink code through the panel sight glass. This saves time to diagnosis the heater problems and cuts much of the troubleshooting time exponentially.
- Low Freon charge on heat pumps. A refrigerant leak will cause your thermostat to never satisfy and your home will never reach it’s set-point. If you set the house temperature to 72 degrees in the winter, but it only reaches 68, and the unit keeps running, you may have a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant leaks can occur slowly over time but once the refrigerant gets low enough that you start having comfort problems, the size of the hole has increased also and rate of loss also increases. When refrigerant leaks occur, it’s best to have a technician perform a pressurized leak test to find the source and seal it up to avoid damaging the compressor in the future.
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