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A Broken Heater Over the Holiday Season?! Bah Humbug!

Don’t Be Left Out in the Cold for the Holidays!

The holidays can be stressful enough by themselves. However, no one wants to have to deal with extra emergency problems during this season. With the increase in traffic in most people’s homes, a broken heater can be both inconvenient and embarrassing if it goes out during a holiday gathering. Unfortunately, this also happens to be the season that heater problems are most likely to occur. With the onset of the holidays, colder temperatures return, and homeowners find themselves attempting to fire up their furnaces for the first time in a year.

Since the stakes are so high, it is important that homeowners know what to look out for and how to respond in the event that their heater breaks down during this season.

Signs You May Have a Broken Heater

Knowing what to look out for can empower homeowners to make wise decisions during the holidays. Keep an eye out for these problems that could indicate serious problems:

Furnace being repaired by a technician

  • No Heat: A lack of heat with the furnace blower running indicates a problem with the ignition system. A technician will need to check out the pilot light or electronic ignition system for proper function.
  • Unusual Noises: Loud noises usually indicate a mechanical problem somewhere in the blower system of the heater. Bearings and belts, and motors are usually the culprits.
  • Insufficient Heat: Not enough heat could mean a problem with the ductwork or a serious problem with the burners. Either way, it is important that it is checked out immediately.
  • Uncharacteristically High Bills: High bills can be an indicator that the heater has lost efficiency. HVAC technicians can usually restore efficiency with a repair or replacement

Check the Thermostat Before Calling

Emergency repairs can be expensive, so it's important that homeowners know how to avoid heating repair calls during the holiday season. One of the most common issues that HVAC technicians see is thermostat problems that aren’t necessarily a cause for emergency calls.

Before calling a technician, verify there is power at the thermostat. Many thermostats run on battery power and periodically the batteries must be changed. Low batteries in the thermostat can prevent the entire system from operating. New batteries will restore the system for a couple of dollars instead of a repair bill.

Another common problem this time of year is simply that people don’t check to see that their thermostat is in the proper setting. During a change in seasons, thermostats must be set to heat and the temperature set at an appropriate setting. Try this before making a call for repairs and it could save on an expensive trip charge from a professional.

What You Can Do Before the Technician Arrives to Help

Technician arriving with tools in-hand

The most important thing a homeowner can do to help is to gather information about the furnace problems. Be sure to take notes on what is going wrong and clearly communicate the problems. By collecting good information, homeowners can help expedite the repair process so both they and the technicians can get back to their holiday celebrations.

About A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions

A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions has been an Austin community business since 1977. Offering heating, cooling, and handyman solutions, they are the dependable option for Austin heater repair service. Contact them today and ensure the home is safe and warm this winter season.