Heater Blowing Cold Air?
One of the many reasons why people move to the Tampa Bay area is to experience warmer temperatures. Most of the time, they do. Average mid-winter highs and lows here are generally in the 70s and 50s, respectively. However, exceptions do exist. The most extreme occurred on Dec. 13, 1962, when New Port Richey recorded a temperature of 18 degrees, still the city’s lowest.
Normally, cold weather here doesn’t get quite that cold, but it does sometimes get cold enough for you to turn your heater on. However, you now have your heater blowing cold air! That’s not going to help! As you’re sitting there, getting even colder, you’re likely perplexed, wondering, “Why is my heater blowing cold air?” Fortunately, this is an issue that is generally fixable, but the possible causes are numerous.
Issues with Your Gas
The first thing that you should consider is if your gas payments have been kept up to date. If not, your gas may have been shut off. If your balance is fine, there may be an issue with the gas line that causes warm air to not be able to get to your heating system. If it’s the latter case, the gas company may need to send someone to get this connection to work as intended.
Check Your Thermostat
Another of the initial things that you should check is your thermostat. It’s often easy for someone in your home to accidentally change a setting on it, such as lowering the temperature considerably or simply setting it to the “cool” setting. Of course, “cool” is a common setting in Florida during most times of the year, but now’s not the time for it!
How’s Your Filter?
Also check the quality of your filter; see if it’s clogged or dirty. If it’s either, that’s likely causing you to experience cool air as a clogged or dirty filter keeps air from adequately getting to and out of the area where it would be warmed up. Note that this can be caused by a number of factors, including cigarette smoke, pet hair or an excessive use of aerosols. Regardless of the causes, simply changing your filter should reduce the impact of those factors and also prevent filter-related issues from occurring.
Do You Have a Mold Issue?
The humidity of Florida can cause a tremendous amount of mold in various areas of your home, and mold may be affecting your heating system. If this is the culprit, it’s important to consult New Port Richey heating repair as attempting to clean out mold yourself can result in a number of related issues arising.
Do You Have a Pilot Light?
If your furnace is not new, it’s likely that it has a pilot light. See if it is lit. If it’s not and you can safely do so, light it. You may need to consult your owner’s manual or contact New Port Richey heating repair for assistance. The latter option is especially recommended if you’re able to light it, but it won’t stay lit. Conversely, if your heating unit is newer, it’ll have an electronic pilot light, which is essentially always lit barring electrical issues.
Is There an Electrical Problem?
If you have an electrical heating system, it’s possible that something happened with the electrical aspect of it, and that’s what has resulted in it breaking down. If that appears to be the case, it’s best to consult professional assistance.
Is Your Flame Sensor Dirty?
If your flame sensor is dirty, it may not be working as intended and might turn off your gas burner when it shouldn’t. One way to check this is to turn your heating unit off and on again and feel if the air is warm for a brief amount of time before quickly turning cold. If this is what’s happening, it’s likely that a dirty flame sensor is the culprit. However, this is something that you will, in most cases, not want to clean yourself. Instead, consult New Port Richey heating repair for assistance.
Your Fan May Be Off
Many in Florida turn their fans off during the summer but then need to turn them on at this time of the year in order to get heat to come out of their systems. Check your heating unit to see if this is the case for you. Generally, you should keep your fan in the “auto” position so that it’s not always “on” or always “off.” That way, it’ll get the warm air out into your living areas at the appropriate times.
We know that many who live in New Port Richey do so because of its climate, particularly its warmer winters as compared to much of the rest of the country. However, we also know that when you want your heaters to work and they don’t, it’s a frustrating experience. If this is you, give us a call or contact us through our website, and we will make sure to get your home heated as quickly as is possible.