Winter is nearly here, and that means millions of furnaces and heat pumps around Houston are about to switch on for the first time this season, if that haven’t already been switched on. One of the most common heat pump or furnace repair requests we receive when cold weather arrives is for systems that are working but not working well enough to keep a home toasty warm. Here are a few of the main reasons why your heating system may not be working as well as it should:

The Filter Is Dirty

Every furnace and air handler has an air filter to prevent dust from clogging up the fan and other components, and filters should be replaced at least once every six months. Some filters need to be replaced even more often. Replacing your air filter only takes a few minutes and is the single most important maintenance step homeowners can undertake themselves.

Your System Has Never Been Serviced

Heating systems are complicated pieces of equipment with sensitive electronics, fans, and other components. If any one piece stops working, the whole system has to work harder to compensate, or the entire system stops working entirely. Having your system serviced by a trained heat pump or furnace maintenance technician will prevent the vast majority of malfunctions while keeping the system working at peak efficiency.

The Thermostat Needs Calibration

Like any sensor, thermostats sometimes require calibration so that the temperature or humidity that appears on the screen is actually the temperature or humidity in your home. Your thermostat can heat the air up to a maximum of 80 degrees, but if the thermostat thinks that the air is already 85 degrees, you’ll never be able to turn the heating system on.

Can’t figure out why your home is still cold, or just want to learn some new tips for keeping your furnace running like new? Check out our selection of Carrier heat pumps, or give us a call at (888) 710-5530.

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