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Help, No Heat! – Your Guide to Heating Repair

February 11, 2015

cold house

Did you come home to a frozen-cold house? Or maybe you woke up in the middle of the night with ice-cold feet? No matter how you discovered that your heating system stopped working, it’s never good news. Considering that February is one of the coldest and snowiest months in Maryland, just a few hours of no heat can lead to frozen pipes. So what do you do? First of all, don’t panic and follow the below instructions to troubleshoot your heating problem. And if all else fails, you know you can always rely on Cool Breeze for heating repair in Carroll County, Maryland.

Keep Warm

If there is no heat in the entire house, be sure to keep the indoor temperature as high as you can with the help of space heaters. Place them along the walls where plumbing is located to keep the water inside above freezing. If your home is heated via a hot water baseboard system and it’s no longer working, it’s possible that frozen pipes are to blame. This often happens when people turn the heat off when they leave home on a cold day. If this is what happened to you, place all available heating devices along the baseboard in question (usually the one on the outside wall). This could be spot heaters, blow-dryers, portable fireplaces and whatever else you can find. Always follow the safety precautions when working with heating equipment.

Check the Thermostat

Before you start preparing for the worst, check the thermostat to make sure it’s set to heat. It might sound obvious, but you won’t believe how many homeowners forget this important step. Once you ensure that the thermostat is set to heat, take it off the wall and replace the batteries. Sometimes, a pair of new batteries is all the heating repair you need. If that wasn’t the problem and your thermostat appears to be working fine, set the temperature to 10 or more degrees higher than your room temperature. You might need a separate thermometer to double check whether your thermostat is taking the right reading. If you hear no sound of heat coming on, this means the problem could be with your furnace.

Check the Power

Just like dead batteries lead to a dead thermostat, a tripped circuit breaker means no power to your furnace or heat pump. Fortunately, this is also an easy fix. However, if you keep experiencing similar problems, you might want to invite an electrician to take a look at your wiring. It’s possible the dated system you have in place simply can’t support all the power-hungry appliances we use these days.

Replace the Filters

Depending on the type of heating system your home uses, you could have one or several filters to replace. If your home is heated with a furnace, it should have a filter somewhere before the cold air enters the blower. The purpose of the filter is to prevent dust, hair and other contaminants from entering your home’s air supply. As the filter gets dirtier, the airflow becomes restricted and the blower has to work harder and harder to pull the air in. In extreme cases, a dirty filter can cause a furnace to fail. Here is a quick manual on how to change the air filter depending on the type of your furnace.

Call an Expert for Professional Heating Repair

If none of the above works, you might need to enlist the help of a professional specializing in heating repair in Maryland. Beware of making rushed decisions! Even though no heat is a serious issue you need to get resolved ASAP, take the time to check that the technician you are hiring is appropriately licensed and insured. The last thing you want is to hire a scam artist because you failed to do your research.

All of our HVAC technicians at Cool Breeze are experienced and licensed to do the job right. Feel free to contact us for heating repair in Carroll County, MD. 

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