A broken furnace can be a safety problem as well as a comfort problem. Fortunately, there are some simple fixes you can try if the heater in your Richmond area home is acting up. Before you call in an expert for emergency furnace repair, check these solutions for common problems.

No Heat at All

If the heater won’t come on, it could be a problem with the thermostat. First, make sure that the thermostat is set to heat and the temperature is set correctly. Some thermostats rely on battery power and stop working when it’s time for fresh batteries. These are usually easy to replace once you pull off the face-plate of the thermostat.

Frequent Cycling On and Off

Clogged air filters force the furnace to work harder than it should and can create problems with airflow, temperature control and more, according to the Energy Department. If your heater isn’t running well, start by replacing the dirty filters. Good maintenance is the key to a long-lasting, efficient HVAC system, so reach out to a professional as soon as you can to arrange for a tuneup.

Poor Heating Control

Don’t shiver through a long winter in a drafty house. Make sure all of the air vents are open and are not blocked by furniture or curtains. Keep lamps and other heat sources away from the thermostat. Check the ductwork for damage or gaps that could be allowing heated air to escape.

The best way to avoid heating problems this winter is to keep the system in good working order with an annual maintenance checkup that includes a full safety inspection. For more information about caring for your heater, check out AirMaxx Mechanical’s maintenance plans or call 804-212-3339 for furnace repair. You deserve to be safe and warm no matter what the weather brings to Richmond this winter.