Are You Having These Issues With Your Heat?
Posted: October 18, 2021
Here’s How You Can Troubleshoot Before Calling For Service
At one point or another, it is not uncommon for your home heating system to experience some sort of issue or problem. Of course, Pioneer Oil and Propane is here to help service a long list of heating problems your Massachusetts home may be experiencing. However, you may be able to solve the problem yourself with the below troubleshooting techniques.
If your heat is just generally not working:
- Make sure all power switches are set to “on” or start”. If there is a pilot light on your system make sure it’s lit.
- Check your heating fuel level. We can help if you’re out or running low and are in need of a delivery.
- Clear your home’s vents from being blocked by furniture and other household items. If air still isn’t flowing from your vents, you may need to change your air filter.
- You may need to reset your oil-fired furnaces’ or boilers’ red burner switch. Just be careful not to do this multiple times as that can result in an oil flood.
If there’s a carbon monoxide leak:
- First, get everyone out of the house as quickly as possible and contact 911 for help. Not only is a carbon monoxide leak dangerous, but it could also be connected to a heating issue.
- Generally, your home should have carbon monoxide detectors on every floor and outside each bedroom. Carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years and should get new batteries every six months.
If you feel drafts and cold spots:
- Add extra insulation to any rooms that feel drafty or don’t seem to get warm.
- Add caulking and weather stripping to your windows and doors.
- Check to see if any furniture, curtains or rugs are blocking the vents that hot air is supposed to come out of.
If your heating system is cycling:
- This could be a result of a damaged thermostat or dirty air filter. So if your heat is continuously going on and off, check your thermostat to make sure it’s functioning correctly and change your air filter.
If there’s dry air in your home:
- Add a whole-house humidifier as an addition to your current heating system. Not only can dry air be related to a heating system problem, but it can also be damaging to electronics, furniture, woodwork and flooring. It is also not safe for anyone with a respiratory condition.
We are here to help if any of these troubleshooting techniques don’t work. Contact us today with any concerns regarding your home heating system.