19 Sep Common Issues When Turning on Heating Unit
With the temperatures dipping, Raleigh homeowners are shutting off their air conditioning in favor of firing up their heating units. Here are some common issues that you can keep in mind as you turn your heating system on for the first time this fall.
A burning smell is very common when turning on a heater for the first time. When not in use, dust accumulates on the heating strips or coil and in the vents. Once the heat is turned on, the dust starts to burn off, causing an odor. This smell shouldn’t last more than a day. If you notice that this burnt smell continues to linger or increase in intensity, make a call for service.
If your heat is coming on, check your thermostat to make sure it’s functional and switched from cooling mode to heating mode. If you’re unsure how to do this, you can use your owner’s manual or search online using the make and model of your thermostat to find instructions for setting it to get the most out of its efficiency controls.
Annual maintenance of your system is key to making sure it runs correctly, preventing big repair bills by taking care of issues before they get out of hand. Service technicians will check to make sure that your heat exchange is not cracked and emitting carbon monoxide; ensure your pilot light is lit; and that your burners are clean to prevent kickback on the flame.