The winter months are arriving, and while many Los Angeles area residents won’t be as reliant on their heaters as those in the mountains or other geographic regions this season, the furnace is still an important part of your home. Not a lot is worse than when you go to switch on your heater and nothing comes out, leaving your home a cold and you likely bitter.
There are several ways in which your heater can fail to start when you flip it on for the first time in a winter season. Some of them are easily resolved, while others may take a little bit more handiwork to successfully fix. It is important to note that we strongly advise calling a professional for any repairs to your system, as a DIY job may actually make any malfunctions significantly worse, thus increasing your repair costs or potentially injuring you or a loved one.
Check Your Thermostat Settings
This may seem silly, but it’s always surprising how many calls are made for a broken heater when the thermostat settings simply weren’t flipped properly. Did you change from cool to heat? Is the temperature set higher than the temperature currently in the house? Is the fan set to run? All of these things may contribute to the system not working or turning on.
Did You Turn on the Gas?
Many homeowners with gas heaters will opt to shut off the gas line running to their central heating unit during the summer months to prevent any gas waste or the heat from accidentally turning on. In many cases, these homeowners forget to then turn the gas line back on before turning on their heater. Not getting any heat from your gas-powered unit? Check your gas line.
Check the Power
All heaters need electricity to run, even gas units. A device that is plugged in will continually use a small amount of electricity, so many homeowners completely unplug their heater during the warmer months to prevent this waste. Likewise, if your system is plugged in, check your circuit breaker if it still refuses to run; sometimes turning on your heater for the first time in a while can trip the breaker.
If you are experiencing a further issue that cannot be resolved with these simple checks, pick up the phone and call JW Heating and Air today. We are a family owned and operated Los Angeles HVAC company, and for over 30 years we have taken pride in treating each of our customers as though they are a member of our own family. All of our clients receive the highest level of customer service and quality workmanship, backed up by full licensing, bonding, and insurance to protect you and your home.Call JW Heating and Air today at (888) 376-1970 to schedule a heating repair or service.