What’s wrong with my heater?

Why is my house so cold?

Who can fix my heater?

Nobody likes it when it’s the middle of winter and your heater goes out. Even if it isn’t the middle of winter and it is only a little chilly outside, having your heater go out is not fun. 

There are lots of reasons your heater may stop working, some of them serious and some requiring only a minor repair or a knob adjustment. If your heater goes out, then you will want to get it fixed as soon as possible to minimize the amount of time you are cold in your home. 

Here are some reasons your heater may have stopped working that you can fix yourself:

  • The air filter is clogged
  • Tripped circuit breaker
  • Heater’s power switched turned off
  • Thermostat messed with

Sometimes your thermostat may be the problem. If somebody messed with it on accident or you hit the wrong button, then your heater won’t work how you want it to. In some thermostat models, you may need to replace a battery for your heater to continue working. This seems like a silly problem, and it is, but at least it is an easy fix and won’t require any assistance.

Likewise, somebody may have accidentally turned off the circuit breaker. There may be another reason your circuit breaker isn’t working, but hopefully, it is as easy to fix as turning it back on. The same goes for the power switch on your heater. 

Your heater’s air filters may be to blame. Dust and other particles build up on the air filters when your heater is in use, so over time, they become less effective until eventually, almost no air is able to get through. When this happens, you just need to replace the air filter. Air filters are pretty cheap, so luckily if this is the case it won’t be an expensive fix. 

These are a couple of the first things you should check when your heater stops working. If all of these seem to be in order and your heater still doesn’t work, then it’s time to call a professional. You can call a local HVAC company, like Southern Comfort Mechanical, to come to your home and diagnose your heater’s problem. Your heater can then be fixed and you can stop freezing. 

Reasons your heater doesn’t work that will probably require professional help:

  • Broken or slipped belt
  • Ignition problems
  • Blower problems
  • General maintenance
  • Burner problems 

This isn’t a full list of possibilities. There are a lot of parts and components to your heater that could be having issues. A professional will be able to tell you what is wrong and get your heater fixed in no time. 

Sometimes your heater isn’t the problem. Sometimes it is the ductwork that needs some maintenance. Ductwork runs all through your walls and ceiling, so there are plenty of places that could be wrong. If your HVAC professional can’t find something wrong with the heater, then he will inspect your ductwork. Ductwork repairs and replacements can be pricey since they are so difficult to get to and work on, but once your ducts are back to full capacity, your home will be nice and toasty.  

If your heater is old, then it may be time for a replacement. Heaters only last for so long, typically about 15-20 years. Once that time is up, your heater will start acting up and may not work as well as it should. If your heater breaks every few weeks or months and needs a lot of attention, then you should definitely invest in a new heater. Your home will be warmer and you won’t have the hassle of a broken heater every few weeks. 

One way to prolong the lifespan of your heater is to have regular inspections and maintenance. By catching problems before they happen, you will save money and won’t have to sit in a cold house for hours while your system is being repaired. It’s a good idea to get your HVAC system inspected annually. You can hire an HVAC company to perform these inspections. 

If you live in Winston Salem, Highpoint, or Greensboro, North Carolina, then the professional HVAC company you should call is Southern Comfort Mechanical. Whether your heater is already broken or you just want it inspected, Southern Comfort is the company for you. We don’t only do heaters, either. If your air conditioning needs help or anything with your HVAC system, we are here for you. In addition to HVAC systems, Southern Comfort also does plumbing, electricity, and insulation. So whatever it is your home needs, chances are we can do it. 

Southern Comfort has nearly thirty years of experience. Your comfort is important to us, which is why it’s in our name. We truly care about our customers and want to make sure that you are as comfortable in your home as possible. If there is anything we can do for you, don’t hesitate to call. 

Some heater problems you can fix yourself, like those mentioned above. If you have mechanical experience, you may even be able to take care of some of the more difficult fixes. However, if you are unsure of what you’re doing or don’t have much experience, it is always best to call a professional. We want you to be as safe as possible, so giving us a call is the right move. Don’t try to fix something on your own unless you are confident that you know exactly what you’re doing. Heaters have lots of dangerous parts that can burn or otherwise harm you, so be sure to take safety precautions. The best safety precaution is just skipping the DIY approach and letting us handle your HVAC system safely and responsibly.  

For all of your HVAC needs, call Southern Comfort Mechanical. When you trust us with your home’s care, you will receive professional, responsible, and fast service. We want you to be happy and comfortable in your home. Give us a call today for an estimate or to ask us any questions you have about your heater, air conditioning, plumbing, electricity, or insulation. We are here for you!