What To Check When Your Heat Stops Working

Heating your home during the colder months of the year is important, and if the heat suddenly stops working, there are some things you can check to see if there is a quick remedy to the problem. If these tips don't work, you may need to call a professional for some help getting the heat working correctly again. 

Check the Electrical Panel

One of the first things you should check if your heating system stops working is the electrical panel in your home. Sometimes the circuit breaker for the heating system will trip and shut off the power to the system. When you open the panel, look on the inside of the door for notations that tell you which breaker goes to the heat and check the breaker.

If you try and move the breaker on and off, you may notice the breaker has some free play in it. That is typical of a breaker that has tripped, and you just need to turn the breaker off then back on and wait to see if it trips again. If the breaker trips and shuts off the power again, do not reset it. Call a heating professional and have them come look at the heating system right away. The tripped breaker could be an indication that you have a short or another problem inside the heating system.

Check the Fuel Level

If you have a boiler or forced hot air heating system that uses heating oil as the fuel, you need to keep up with the fuel usage and fill the tank as needed. The tank may not be in a place that is easy to get to, but it is important to check it weekly in the winter. If the system suddenly shuts down, check the fuel level in the tank. If the temperature outside has been colder than normal, you may use more fuel to keep the house warm. 

Check the Air Filters

The air filters on some heating systems can shut down the system if the filter is not allowing enough air to flow through it. The reduction in airflow will signal the system through a flow sensor in the air intake and the heating system will shut off to protect itself. If the air filters are dirty and the system has shut down, try replacing the filters with new ones and see if your system comes back on.

If you have tried all of these steps and nothing works, you need to call a heat professional to inspect the system and help get the heat started again. For more information, get in touch with companies like McGuire Plumbing & Heating Inc.