Did you know- these 3 common problems could spell disaster for your heating system?

January 26, 2016

A properly functioning heating system, which runs on electric, gas water propane or oil, is crucial, especially now that  winter is in full force. The low  temperatures outside should never be equivalent to the inside of your home. But like any major system in the house, a heating system could unexpectedly break. Consequently, it's important to maintain it and also be aware of the symptoms before an issue comes into play.

You could encounter the following three common problems with your heating system: 

Unreadable Thermostat 
To function properly. your heating system must communicate with other parts including the thermostat - which controls how much heat is dispersed, according to Red Beacon. Burners are signaled to create the heat when the thermostat is turned up. In the colder winter months, it's recommended to set your thermostat to 68 degrees, the U.S. Department of Energy reported. When your thermostat claims it's at the temperature that you've set it to, yet it's not producing that warmth, the thermostat is having a problem with the power source.

Blocked Ducts
The system distributes heated air using ducts to keep your home warm and comfortable when it's cold outside. But, if your duct is blocked inside your furnace it may cause problems with the process of circulation, Home Energy Pros stated. This can clog the warm air and intercept it from flowing through your house, Redbeacon mentioned. Though air ducts have a filter it can sometimes get dirty from debris and particles entering. 

Broken Ignition or Pilot Light 
Sometimes the ignition or pilot light on a furnace can be faulty.  The pilots' flame may not be set at a high enough setting or other parts may be loose. The pilot could also be out. 

Having your HMS Home Warranty give you reassurance that if there is indeed an issue, HMS is here to help. But before any problem arises, there are ways to maintain the heating system throughout the year to help prevent failures from happening in the first place.

Take the following preventative measures to ensure your heating system is working properly:

1. Check the breaker to see if the switch has been turned off and needs to be turned back on. If your thermostat still isn't working, it could need a new battery or it may need to be replaced completely.  

2. If your furnace is producing some heat, but not enough to keep you comfortable the air filters or burners may be dirty. You can clean the filters and if that doesn't help you may need to replace them with new ones, Redbeacon suggested.

3. You may need to re-set the pilot and then light it to get it going again. By turning it off and and light it with a flame, the burners will re-ignite and allow the gl

HMS Home Warranty coverage
Depending on your plan, HMS home warranty can cover problems caused by the daily wear and tear of use to the fan motors, pilot assemblies, oil or gas burners, igniters, wires and switches. It also covers the heat pump, which transfers outside heat from the air unit into the house. By being aware of any signs or symptroms, you can keep your heating system maintained all year long and be steps closer to having a replacement or repair completely covered.

To learn more about an HMS home warranty visit www.myhmswarranty.com.


THE INFORMATION IN THESE ARTICLES IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON THE PROPER MAINTENANCE AND CARE OF SYSTEMS AND APPLIANCES IN THE HOME. NOT ALL OF THE TOPICS MENTIONED ARE COVERED BY OUR HOME WARRANTY OR MAINTENANCE PLANS. PLEASE REVIEW YOUR HOME WARRANTY CONTRACT CAREFULLY TO UNDERSTAND YOUR COVERAGE.
 
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