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Common Problems With Heating Systems: What You Need To Know

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Fixing Common Problems with Heating Systems

Now that the fall is well under way, you should think about checking your heater system. This will give you plenty of chance to fix any issues before winter arrives. There are many different problems that can occur with household heating systems. Here are some of the most common, and what you can do to prevent them from leaving you cold this winter.

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Burnt-Out Motor

Sometimes, if your boiler or furnace isn’t providing enough heat, you may simply need to turn up the thermostat. However, the worst case scenario is that the motor has burnt out. You will know if the motor is burnt out because there will be a resistance when you try to slide the lever to control the heat. If you think you are dealing with a burnt-out motor, call your local HVAC company. They will send out a workman to check your boiler or furnace and will fix the problem.

Leaks And Dripping

If your heating system is powered by a boiler, you could be plagued by leaks and drips. There are a number of reasons why your boiler could be leaking and dripping. You need to figure out exactly where the water is coming from. If it is coming from the boiler’s pressure valve, then the pressure could be too high. You can easily fix this by turning it down. The leaking could also be caused by a faulty internal part. If this is the pump seal, this can easily be replaced. Leaks and drips around the pipes could be a sign of corrosion. In this case, call out a boiler engineer to replace the pipes.

Strange Noises

Can you hear gurgling, banging, or whistling? This usually means that there is air in the system. Air often gets into the system when the pressure is too low. If the sound sounds like a kettle being boiled, then your boiler could be suffering from kettling. This happens when a lot of limescale builds up inside the boiler. If you live in an area of hard water, you will likely experience this at some point. To solve kettling, it is a good idea to call out a workman who will flush out the entire system.

Radiators On One Story Not Working

Sometimes, you might find that your upstairs radiators aren’t working, but the downstairs ones are. This could also happen the other way around. There are simple solutions for both these scenarios. When the upstairs radiators are hot but the downstairs ones aren’t, there is probably a blocked pump. It’s a good idea to get a heating engineer to sort this problem. But if the downstairs radiators are cold, they probably just need bleeding. You should be able to manage this yourself. If you don’t feel too comfortable about doing it, you can always call a workman to fix it for you.

So don’t panic if you find that your heating system isn’t working. There are many reasons why that might be the case. And there will always be a workable solution!

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