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No Heat in the House? Things to Check and Do

If you schedule regular maintenance for your home’s heating system and always make sure to call for repairs at the first sign that something is amiss with it, you should expect the heater to work dependably through the winter. But there is no way to avoid all malfunctions that might crop up in a heater; should you discover that your house isn’t receiving heat or that some rooms are colder than they should be, there are a few steps you should take to attempt to remedy the problem.

Never think of professionals as a “last resort” when it comes to finding out what is wrong with a central heater. In most cases, you will need experts to diagnose the problem and find the solution. When in doubt, schedule your heating repairs in Olympia, WA with Sunset Air. We have 24-hour emergency service available so you won’t have to wait long to have your home comfort restored.

Steps To Take When the Heat Stops

  • Examine the thermostat: An incorrect setting on a thermostat is often the simple answer to why the heat isn’t turning on. If you have a heat pump, the system may still be set in cooling mode. For a programmable thermostat, an error in setting the time and temperature limits may be responsible. If the thermostat appears broken, call for professional assistance.
  • Check the circuit breaker panel: A heating system can sometimes overload a circuit panel and trip a breaker. Even gas-powered heaters must rely on electricity to run their motors and electronic igniters. A tripped breaker will keep the heater from turning on. If the heating system continues to trip circuit breakers after you re-set them, then the malfunction may be more serious and you should call for repair technicians.
  • See that the vents are unblocked: Moving furniture and rugs in a room could end up blocking the vents, resulting in cold spots. Check to see that all the vents have open access and the airflow from them feels warm.
  • Call for repair technicians: If none of the above steps helps the situation, then you shouldn’t attempt anything more on your own. Call a 24-hour repair service to come to your home and analyze the problem to discover the best way to remedy it.

At Sunset Air, we handle many types of heaters: furnaces, boilers, wood stoves, radiant heaters, heat pumps, dual fuel systems, geothermal heat pumps, and ductless heaters. No matter the type of heater you use to provide comfort for your household, you can trust to our experts at heating to keep it running.

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