Here in Cape Coral, we are all too familiar with the blistering heat that can make our homes unbearable for much of the year. However, what happens when the temperatures drop on that rare occasion, and we find ourselves relying on our almost never used heaters to keep warm? Unfortunately, in some cases, our heaters may not be working as they should, leaving us in a situation we didn't dream of ever being in down here. Here are some of the most common reasons why your heater may not be working in Florida, and what you can do to fix the problem.
One of the most common reasons for a problematic heater is a lack of regular maintenance. Just like any other household appliance, heaters require regular upkeep to ensure they are running at their best. This includes things like changing the air filter, running it in the summertime to prevent dust buildup, cleaning your ductwork, and having a technician inspect the system to prevent any potential issues. Neglecting to perform these little things can lead to problems at the worst possible timing,
To prevent these issues, we recommend that you have your heater serviced with your HVAC system at LEAST once a year by a professional HVAC technician. This will ensure that any potential problems are caught early on, before they have a chance to cause major damage.
Another common reason for heater issues is a dirty air filter. The air filter is responsible for trapping dirt, dust, and other particles before it gets a chance to accumulate in your ductwork and decrease the efficiency of your heater/system. If the filter becomes too dirty and clogged up, it can restrict the airflow to the system, causing it to work much harder to effectively heat your house.
To solve this, you should replace your dirty air filter with a new one. We recommend that you check the filter every month and replace it monthly in the summertime and every other month in the winter.
Your thermostat is the control hub for your HVAC system, and if it is not working properly, it can cause your heater to stop working. Common thermostat problems could be a dead battery, wrong settings, or it just completely broke so it won't turn anything on or off..
To fix thermostat issues, you may need to replace the batteries, adjust the settings, or have the thermostat serviced and/or replaced by a professional.
If your heater is not turning on or is having trouble producing heat, it may be due to an electrical problem. This could be anything from a blown fuse to a malfunctioning circuit board.
To these electrical issues, it is best to call in a professional HVAC Technician to diagnose the issue and make any necessary repairs.
The blower fan is like the workhorse of your HVAC system - it's constantly running and never gets a break. So, it's not surprising that it might need a little TLC from time to time. Just try to remember that without it, you'll be stuck in a frozen tundra (or at least a really cold living room).
There are many reasons why your heater may not be working in Florida. By being aware of the most common issues and taking steps to prevent them, you can ensure that your heater is running at its best and keeping your home warm and comfortable all winter long.