In Florida we may not use our heaters quite the same way as people in cooler climates do but they are still important as we do have our cold days. Heaters in Florida need attention too so let’s take a look at the five most common heating problems.
Pilot/ Ignition Control
For those with furnaces this is a tough problem because if the pilot or ignition control isn’t working then neither is your heater. For some people it is just as simple as delighting the pilot but if anything looks strange that you don’t feel comfortable touching, call a HVAC professional immediately. If you don’t know what you are looking at you can end up doing more damage than the original problem. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.
A clogged filter can do much more damage than just not removing allergens from the air. When a filter becomes clogged, the rest of the system has to work much harder to get heat going throughout the home. Airflow is blocked so before a breakdown you will start to notice that your heating bills will be much more expensive as the system is under more pressure. This can also affect the limit switch and how well the fan works. Changing these filters monthly is one of the most important things you can do to have a good, long-lasting heating unit.
Wear and Tear
This is an unfortunate thing that all mechanical devices we use have to go through. Over time, no matter how well you take care of something , it will eventually wear out. The important thing here is to do everything you can to maintain the system, including using a HVAC technician for regular maintenance to put off this wear and tear for as long as possible.
The thermostat is what tells your heater when to turn on and off. If it stops working than there will be nothing to tell your heater “hey, it’s cold in here.” Luckily these are one of the less expensive problems you can have and it may even be an opportunity for you to try a programmable or remote control thermostat. Either way, while annoying, at least this problem won’t break the bank.
All across the country it is very common for people to forget about their heater until it stops working. This problem can be even worse in Florida where the heater doesn’t get used as much. We sometimes make the mistake of thinking that less use means less maintenance. The opposite is actually true. The same way if you have a car you barely drive, you still have to turn it on occasionally and change filters, you have to make sure a heater that has sat dormant for too long is in good working order. The best way to go is always signing the maintenance contract. That way you really never do have to think about what needs to be done and all your heating and cooling components will remain in tip-top shape.
If you are experiencing any of these problems reach out to your HVAC professional and make sure you stay warm on those few Florida cold days.