As the weather cools down and the days grow shorter, you may turn your heating system on for the first time in months. If you notice that your home is still cold after turning up the thermostat, these heater troubleshooting tips can help you keep your home toasty all winter long.

Check the Thermostat

If your heat is not coming on, the problem may be with the thermostat rather than with the system itself. Check to be sure that your thermostat is receiving power. Many thermostats are battery powered, so you may need to replace the batteries in order to fix the issue.

Power the System On

Once you ensure that your thermostat is working properly, check the switch near the furnace that turns it on to make sure that it is flipped. Additionally, you should check the breakers associated with your heating system. The simple fix of flipping a switch may be all it takes to remedy the problem.

Check for Blockages

Furnaces that vent to the outdoors may become blocked by leaves and other natural debris. If you notice that the heat works in some rooms and not in others, the vents within your home may be blocked by dirt and dust. To prevent blockages from affecting airflow, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends cleaning your air filter once a month as a method of heater troubleshooting and replacing the filter entirely every three months.

Consult a Professional

If you’ve tried all of the heater troubleshooting tips above and find that your home is still cold, it’s time to call in a professional with experience and expertise. The technicians at Mowery Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing can help you get back to being comfortable in your own home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.