It’s mid-February, and already Southern California is back to enjoying warm, summer-like temperatures. We can’t expect to have it clear and smooth all the way to the actual summer, however. Your home’s heating system may still have a few days of work left. This is a time of year when you should keep a close watch on the heating system to see that it isn’t starting to malfunction. Leaving a heater that needs repairs to just sit through the spring and summer until it is needed again is a unwise idea: the repair issue may worsen, and the heater may not turn back on at all when the time comes.
Let’s look at some examples of late-winter blues that a heater may face:
- Miscalibrated or broken thermostat: A precision instrument like a contemporary programmable thermostat can lose that precision over time and begin to detect incorrect temperatures. When that happens, the heater will behave oddly, starting and stopping at the wrong time so that your house is overheated or too cold. Don’t try to diagnose a thermostat problem on your own: your HVAC professionals will track the source and handle the repairs.
- Worn-down motors: The motor that runs the blower fan in a furnace or heat pump can wear down over the winter because it has collected dust or because of loss of lubrication. If you hear screeching or grinding noises from the heater, or notice an acrid taint on the air from the furnace, have repairs done fast before the motor burns out and needs a replacement.
- Clogged air filter: The air filter on a furnace or heat pump must be changed or cleaned once a month over the winter—and it’s unfortunately easy to forget about in Southern California weather. A clogged filter can lead to internal component damage and the system starting to short-cycle.
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