Since many of us only use our heating systems for a couple of months a year, it is sometimes a challenge to notice there is a problem. This can mean that you only notice there is an issue when you need your heating the most. When your heating system won’t switch on, or it doesn’t appear to be working correctly, your first instinct may be to call out an HVAC technician, but there are some simple things that could be causing the issue, and you can resolve yourself.

Your Power Source:

Before calling for a heating repair technician, it is important to check that your system has power. Just like with any type of appliance, you need to verify that it is actually plugged in. WIth a heating system, it can be a little more complex than checking a single plug, but check for a tripped circuit breaker and that your system has power.

Your Thermostat:

Many people overlook the humble thermostat, but it is actually a key component of any heating system. If your thermostat is not set correctly, it can prevent your system from switching on or reaching your desired temperature setting. One of the most common thermostat issues is that it hasn’t been switched over to heating mode after summer use. This will stop the furnace from firing up and beginning to heat your home. If this isn’t the case, look a little more carefully at your thermostat settings. Check that it is programmed to switch on and off at the correct times and the correct temperature. Even something as simple as bad batteries in your thermostat can cause heating issues, so if the display is not lit up or the thermostat seems unresponsive, it is worth installing a set of new batteries. Before placing a call to an HVAC technician, it is worth digging out your owner’s manual and checking your thermostat is set correctly as you could save an embarrassing and costly call out.

Your Vents:

If you have a forced air heating system, which uses a heat pump or furnace, it is a good idea to check all the vents in the different rooms of your home. You should pay particular attention to any rooms that feel colder than the rest of your home. If the vents have been shut or become accidentally blocked, it can compromise the heating performance of your system. Many of us shift furniture around in summer, so check that there isn’t a chair or couch blocking a heating vent, now that the weather is getting cooler.

These are three relatively simple things to check if your heating system is not operating correctly. If you have eliminated these possibilities, it is probably time to call in your HVAC technician. Avoid trying to delve any deeper into potential problems as you may cause more damage or injure yourself. Particularly if you have a natural gas system, it is important that you leave any work to a certified technician. This will ensure that your system is safe and you will feel comfortable in no time at all.