When it comes to heating and cooling systems, plenty of components are hard at work, keeping your home toasty throughout fall and winter. Unfortunately, your system requires plenty of regular maintenance in order to perform its job efficiently. Here are just a few issues that could affect those components and disrupt your comfort.
Faulty Gas Valve
The gas valve is a significant part of your heating supply. Not only does it regulate the amount of gas moving through the system, it also plays a vital role in terms of safety. If the gas fails to ignite over the pilot light, the valve stops the flow of gas for the safety of the residents. A faulty gas valve will need to be replaced by a professional.
Clogged Air Filter
Air filters need to occasionally be cleaned or replaced, since air is constantly being circulated through your system. Clogged filters force your system to work harder than usual, so more energy will be required to keep your home warm. Clogged filters can also lead to your heat exchanger overheating, leaving you in the cold.
Obstructed Air Flow
If an object is blocking your furnace duct, you'll notice that certain areas of your home aren't heating up as they should. In many cases, pieces of your filter or even damaged insulation can be the cause of the air flow obstruction. You can inspect the ducts yourself with the help of a screwdriver and flashlight, but depending on the blockage, you might need a professional's help to clean the duct out.
The thermocouple is another part of the system that acts as a regulator. It turns off the gas flow if your system's pilot light or electric igniter fails. Unfortunately, this component is prone to rust if exposed to oxygen. Metal fatigue caused by constant changes in temperatures can also damage a thermocouple over time.
Many factors can lead to boiler failure. For example, if your boiler is continually switching off, low water pressure could be the culprit. A leak is likely behind the drop in pressure, so that needs to be addressed to get your system running smoothly again.
Although plenty of things can go wrong with your heating supply, you can rely on our professionals to diagnose and fix the problem. Just be sure to take care of the issue before the colder months arrive.