How To Find Your Heating Problem

If you're not getting heat, are hearing noises, or otherwise suspect a heating problem, the first step is finding out where it's coming from. That lets you figure out if it's something you can take care of or what kind of professional you should use. Here's what to do.

Check Your Air Filters

The first thing to check with any heating problem is your air filters. They can block or slow the airflow and reduce your heating power. Even if you're just turning on your heating system for the first time this winter, your air filters could have been filled with floating dust during the summer.

Keep in mind that not every type of air filter works for every type of system. So even if you have a clean air filter, it can still restrict your airflow. Ask your heat pump repair specialist what's best for your system.

Check Your Vents

If you're not getting heat in one or more rooms or your rooms have uneven heating, the first place to check is your vents. Turn on your heat pump and feel if any air is coming out of each vent.

If you do have air, it could be another problem such as furniture blocking the airflow around your room or a drafty window. If you don't have air, the problem could be with your ducts or your heat pump blower. If the problem is inside of your heating system, you will likely need a professional inspection to find the source of the problem.

Check Your Heat Pump

If you have high heating bills, it could be a sign of a problem with your heat pump. Even small mechanical issues that you may not notice can reduce your heating power and make your heat pump cost more to run.

First, see if your energy usage has changed compared to previous years. Compare the amount of electricity used rather than dollar amounts to account for price differences. Next, talk to your neighbors or look up average electric bills in your area.

If the numbers don't match what you'd expect, schedule an inspection of your heat pump. Catching a problem early and getting it fixed can save you money both in terms of energy costs and potentially having it turn into a bigger and more expensive problem later.

To learn more about how to find your heating problem and schedule a fix, contact a local heat pump repair company today.