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5 Common Issues with Central Heating

Posted on AC Maintenance, AC Tips, Seasonal Weather, The Cooler Blog November 19, 2014

With the cooler months approaching, it’s a good time to check for any issues with your heat pump. In South Florida, the heat stays off for the majority of the year so it’s easy to get caught off guard with an issue during our cooler months. The last thing you want is to shiver through a cold night if your heat isn’t working! Thankfully, All Year Cooling is open 356 days a year so you don’t have to worry about shivering through a cold night or staying wrapped up in blankets.

Below are some common issues you might come across:

1. Loss of Heat

There are several factors that could contribute to your system not producing any heat. If it’s not an electrical issue, there is probably an issue with the heat pump. If the heat pump is not efficiently running there may be a faulty control module or thermostat cable. These issues will require a professional to fix. If there is a blown fuse in the panel box or the circuit breaker tripped, then those are quick fixes that you will be able to take care of without our help.

2. A Foul Odor

If you come across a funky smell the first time you turn on your heat, chances are you have a dirty filter. Changing a filter is an easy fix but a bad odor could also mean there is an issue within your heat pump. This would require a technician coming to your home for a service call. If you are met with a musky smell, it is likely from dust collecting in ducts over time. This smell will dissipate on its own after a few hours.

3. Inconsistent Temperatures

If you experience quick temperature changes back to back, it could mean your thermostat is malfunctioning. If the thermostat needs to be recalibrated, it will send incorrect signals for the desired room temperature.

4. Abnormal Noises

There are several variations to the kinds of noises your heat pump may make. One of the possible causes is that the breaker keeps cutting off. If this is not the cause, it may be an issue with the fan. This requires a technician to come and service the unit.

5. Thermostat Discrepancy

If your thermostat reads one temperature and the temperature you feel inside your home is way off, it could be from rust on the radiator which will prevent the hot water from transferring properly. If this is the case, you can remove the radiator to hose it down.




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