The Most Common Problems Homeowners Encounter With Their Heating Units

HVAC technician working on a residential heat pump

Your home’s heating is put through a lot of stress during the autumn and winter months, and keeping it in great condition is a major priority. When the weather reaches its lowest temperatures, you need your heating system to be totally reliable, and when you encounter any problems with your heater, you need prompt and professional repairs. At Summit Heating & Air Conditioning, our professional Denver Metro heating contractors are always ready to help you get your heater back into the best condition possible when you encounter any problems with the system.

Your heating system could need repairs for any number of reasons, but some problems are more common than other. If you’ve noticed that your heating system isn’t functioning as well as it should, or you’ve seen a spike in your heating costs, consider whether some of these common problems may be the culprit:

Lack of Maintenance

Maintaining your home’s furnace or heating system is extremely important. When it comes to ensuring that your heating unit is in great condition and able to keep your Denver Metro home warm throughout the winter months, there’s nothing more important than making sure it receives regular maintenance. Our professionals recommend that you have a heating tune-up performed at least once a year to prevent unexpected breakdowns, ensure great performance, and keep your energy costs low.

Dirty or Clogged Filters

During the fall and winter, you should be replacing your filters about once a month. This is one of the most important things you can do to extend the life and enhance the efficiency of your furnace or heating unit. Dirty filters will restrict air flow, which means that your heating unit will need to work harder to distribute air throughout your Denver home.

Wear-and-Tear

Your furnace is made up of many smaller mechanical parts. When any of these experience wear-and-tear, it can cause major issues with your heater’s performance. You should have your belts and bearings, fan motors, and heating elements checked during an annual heating inspection.

 

Pilot or Ignition Control Problems

If your furnace isn’t providing you with heat, or if it’s only providing intermittent heat, you may have a problem with your furnace’s ignition control. Your furnace probably uses one of two types of ignition systems:

  • Hot Surface Ignition, or
  • Intermittent Pilot


Hot surface ignition systems use “resistance heating” elements, which are controlled electronically to ignite the gas burner. The intermittent pilot system is also electronically controlled, but it uses a high voltage electrical spark to ignite the gas pilot, then the main burners, whenever the thermostat calls for heat. Problems with your ignition control will mean that your heater is unable to provide your Denver home with heat when you need it.

Thermostat Malfunctions

The thermostat is what allows you to control your home’s heating system, so any problems with it can be frustrating, and they may mean that you have no heat in your home. If you experience problems with your Denver home’s thermostat, call our professional heating contractors, and we’ll quickly diagnose and repair the issue.