HVAC, or heating, ventilation and air conditioning, is an highly technical system of technologies that aim to create a comfortable indoor atmosphere, whether in residential family homes or large industrial office spaces. In cold-weather climates, like in Colton CA, a malfunctioning heater can not only cause discomfort, but a variety of safety issues as well. Below are five common heater problems and the various ways in which they can be diagnosed.
One of the most common complaints that homeowners have when dealing with a malfunctioning heater is a strong and unpleasant odor. The first step in trying to remedy this is figuring out the source of the smell. It's possible that your air filter is blocked and needs to be replaced, but if this isn't the case, turn off your breaker immediately. Strong odors that are not caused by a dirty air filter are most likely the result of melted electrical wires, overheated relays, or debris in the heat exchange.
2. Tripping Circuit Breaker
If a circuit breaker trips, first reset it by turning the switch to the "off" position. If it continues to trip, it is most likely because of a loose electrical connection. Shorted wiring, a ruptured capacitor, and over-amping are all serious problems that should be dealt with only by a professional. That said, if there is simply low voltage to the residence because of a brown-out or severe thunderstorm, it might be only a matter of waiting until conditions improve.
3. Noisy Air Vents
If you find that one or more air vents is making a constant high-pitched noise, it may be for one of several reasons. Sometimes the filter is blocked, or supply and return vents have been shut off (or blocked by large objects). Sometimes there's a significant amount of debris in the ducts. In any of these instances, it's a simple matter of replacing the filters, unblocking the vents, or clearing the ducts. If, however, the ductwork or grille itself is faulty, you'll need to call an HVAC professional.
4. Malfunctioning Pilot Light
If your heater's pilot light won't turn on, check to make sure that the gas valve is turned on and that there is enough propane to ignite the heater. Many people shut off their heaters for the summer, and forget to perform these simple tasks. While attempting to light the pilot, continue to hold the button for a whole minute. If the pilot still doesn't light, it may be because of a loose thermocouple or a broken heat exchanger. In these instances, contact your local HVAC technician.
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