HVAC Problems? Check The Ventilation

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Fixing your heater can be a bit annoying, especially if you don't know where to start looking. You might be dealing with an electrical problem, a dirty filter, or maybe a defective heater. Since these problems require varying degrees of attention, it's best to know all the facts before you call a pro. To help you troubleshoot the problem yourself, here are some causes of a common heater problem: weaker heating than usual.

Diminished Heating Power

If your heater is running and pumping out heat, yet is not giving you as much heat as you might like, then there are a number of causes that you might be dealing with. It could potentially be a dirty filter or a blockage in your air ducts:

Dirty Filters

The first thing that you should look at is the filter on your heater, mainly because this is the easiest problem to fix. If you haven't been cleaning out your filter regularly, then the buildup of dust might be singularly responsible for your current problems.

When looking at your filter, you want to clean out any dust as thoroughly as possible. Dust can trap heat, which ultimately means that the output of your heater won't actually get to its destination. Instead, it will be caught in the filter.

You also want to make sure that you follow the instructions on your heater carefully. It should list the cleaning directions for your filter, including how often you should actually clean or replace the filter. If you have a permanent filter, make sure not to accidentally throw it away by mistake.

Blocked Air Ducts

If there is a blockage in your air ducts, then you might be experiencing poor heat flow in certain areas of your home. To actually find such a blockage, you want to take a look at all the vent covers in your home.

A flashlight can help you see into the vent covers, but you might need a screwdriver to actually open each of them up. You'll mainly want to look at vent covers in rooms that seem to get low amounts of heat when the heater is on.

If you have checked all of the vent covers and are still unable to location the blockage, then a professional cleaning service might be your best bet. After all, they have some specialized tools that can reach deep into your vents, including lengthy vacuum extensions. Contact a business, such as Century Heating & Air Conditioning Services, for more information.   

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