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Is Your Heater Not Working Properly?

Preventative Maintenance

Let us start with vacuuming out the surface around the furnace's blower. If possible, likewise slide out the fan system, tidy each fan blade with a toothbrush, and then vacuum with a brush accessory on a vacuum cleaner. While you're at it, search for oil ports on the motor, situated near the motor shaft (usually). If your furnace has this feature, apply two to three drops of non-detergent motor oil into each port (you might need to eliminate a cover plate to do this). Though many modern motors do not need lubrication, apply oil motors to the oil ports once a year.

Is your GAS Leaking?

If you think a heater gas leak, deal with it immediately! First, if you smell gas in your home or near the furnace, do not light any matches or shut off or on any switches. If the gas smell is strong, immediately evacuate your house, leaving the door open.

Supply pipe (here the gas is on). Turn off the gas supply valve, generally found by your gas meter on the gas inlet pipe. Shut off the gas by rotating the valve one-quarter turn with an adjustable wrench. When the gas is off, the valve's elongate stem points perpendicular to the inlet pipe. Then call your gas energy or the fire department from a remote area. Do not go back to your home until you know it is safe.

Heating System Not Working-- No Gas Flame

Older gas and combustion-fuel heaters have pilot lights, whereas some more recent ones have electronic ignition.

Heater with a Pilot burner

If your older furnace utilizes a pilot burner that will not stay lit, the thermostat may be disconnected or loose, something may prevent the pilot hole, or the pilot's flame might be set too low.

You can clear a clogged orifice with a piece of thin wire. Before doing this, switch off the gas to the heating system. Also, shut off the switch or breaker that manages power to the heating system. Then, just poke the thin wire into the tiny orifice where the pilot flame typically burns to knock out any particles.

Some pilot lights have a flame change screw. Refer to your owner's manual, but typically adjusting this indicates turning the flame modification screw to attain a full, steady 1 to 1/2-inch or 2-inch flame with no yellow in it.

Your gas- or the oil-burning heating system needs to receive fuel to work. With a gas-fired heater, make certain the valve on the gas pipe is turned on (the lug or manage need to remain in line with the gas pipeline). With an oil heating system, inspect the fuel supply.

Service Tip: By doing your minor heater repairs, you can save loads of cash and also get your home warmed up much faster than if you needed to set up and wait for a repair person. However sometimes its better to have a trained professional look at the problem.