While it hasn’t been freezing here in Bakersfield as of late, there has definitely been a nip in the air. We’ve been running our heater the last few days, and we’d bet that you have been too. That is unless your furnace or HVAC system has run into some snags! If that’s the case, be sure to give us a call at Gundlach’s Services in Bakersfield, our HVAC services will get you back up and running in no time. In light of the recent weather, today’s post is all about heating systems and the common problems homeowners encounter with them. Keep reading to learn more!

Dirty Air Filter

Perhaps the most common easy-to-fix issue that homeowners encounter when they are having heating troubles is a dirty air filter. Air filters are very easy to forget. Unless you mark your calendar or set a reminder in your phone, filters often go unchanged for far too long. Not only is this bad for the overall lifespan of your HVAC system, but if left long enough, it can start to create problems for you in the short-term as well. If your HVAC system is acting a little strange, check your air filter. The last thing you want is to call in HVAC services and then slap your forehead after you’ve discovered that you needed a simple filter change!

Lack of Power

We’ve all tripped a circuit breaker before. Whether it be with a vacuum cleaner, too many things plugged in at once to one outlet, or something else. Your furnace is capable of tripping the breaker too from time to time. If your heater isn’t turning on at all, check your breaker box and reset the switch associated with your furnace — it could just do the trick. If that doesn’t do it, it’s probably time to call HVAC services.

Thermostat Issues

Another quick-and-simple fix that homeowners sometimes forget about is checking the thermostat. Ensure that you have turned your system on through the thermostat and that it is set to “heat.” Some thermostats are too smart for their own good and can accidentally be in “away” or “vacation” mode. Additionally, ensure that your thermostat has powered and is lit up. If your thermostat isn’t showing signs of life, it may be time to have your local HVAC services come and replace it.

Grinding, Banging, Scraping, and Squealing

If your furnace is doing anything other than it’s normal happy whirring noise, it’s cause for concern. Grinding, banging, scraping, and squealing noises suggest that there is a mechanical problem within your HVAC system. Whether it be the blower, a belt, a bearing, or any other aspect of your system, it’s wise to give HVAC services a call right away.

Pilot Light

Last but not least, if you are having trouble with your heater, be sure to check your pilot light. The pilot light on your furnace (if it has one) is a small flame that should always be burning. Typically there is a little window that displays this little flame. If you have located your pilot-light window and there is no flame, try turning your furnace off and then on again. If there is still not a flame after that, be sure to call your local HVAC services.

Gundlach’s Services in Bakersfield

Should you encounter any of the above five common problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Gundlach’s Services! We are more than happy to help you get your heating system up and running again quickly and properly. Contact us today to get started!