When your heat goes out on a frigid day, you want it fixed as quickly as possible. While emergency service is just a phone call away, not all heating issues require professional help. There are actually some common heating problems that you can easily diagnose and fix yourself. Use the guidelines below to rule out these issues before calling in the professionals. By doing so, you could save time and money.
First, make sure your thermostat is working. If you have an electronic thermostat, check the display. If the display is not operational, change or recharge the batteries before doing further troubleshooting.
Next, check to make sure your heat is turned on and set correctly. If the temperature is set too high or too low, your heater may not work appropriately. Try setting the thermostat at least three degrees above room temperature. If the heat does not kick in, check the fan.