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7 Tips to Avoid Heating Problems

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Officially, winter is still coming, but in reality, winter is here. And the chilly weather proves it! As the weather sends chills down our spines, homeowners should be aware of common heating problems and understand their HVAC system in order be prepared in the event an issue occurs.

For example, does this sound familiar?

"You wake up in the morning, or come home from work, and you can instantly tell something is wrong. The house is cold. You can hear the furnace running, and you can even feel air coming out of the registers. But it's not hot air coming out, it's cold! Well, it's not COLD cold, it's just room temperature. As if the furnace is just recirculating the air in your house without actually heating it."

Lack of hot air is one common heating problems that arises in the cold months of the year. Additionally, here are a few tips to avoid heating problems through knowledge and understanding how HVAC systems work.

Avoid Heating Problems with Basic HVAC Knowledge

Every homeowner has a different understanding of their heating, cooling and air conditioning systems. For some homeowners, these are routine tips. For others, these tips may help this winter.

1. Furnace Filter

The furnace filter is essential to a properly running heating system. Fortunately, changing your furnace filter is a simple task suitable for any homeowner.

Plus, when checking the filter monthly to ensure a clean filter, you'll save on your utility bills and extend the life of your furnace as well.

2. Pilot Light is Out

Every homeowner should know how their pilot light works in case it goes out. Again, lighting the pilot is another task suitable for most homeowners.

Plus, the furnace manufacturer should post instructions on the equipment.

3. Burning Smell

Any burning smell is a sign that something is wrong.

In particular, if your furnace smells like burning, then shut it off and unplug it because leaving the heater on could be hazardous.

It is important to note that an unpleasant smell could simply be a sign of a dirty air filter or dust buildup in the furnace. Don't panic and inspect your heating system (after turning off the furnace) for dust or a blockage to clean accordingly.

If the problem persists, it is time to contact a professional to complete a full inspection.

4. Heater Blowing Cold Air

Finally, what happens if the furnace is blowing cold air?

Again, turn off the furnace because you'll want to check if anything is blocking the blower. Look to clear any debris or blockage.

If the problem persists, then there may be a faulty heating element. In this event, the broken heating part will need to be replaced.

Depending on the type of heater and your technical comfort and knowledge, you may want to consult an HVAC professional to determine if you'll need to repair or replace the equipment.

Regular Home Maintenance Helps Avoid Heating Problems

Winter time is no time to have your heating system stop working!

What can a homeowner do to prevent that from happening? With an annual tune-up and inspection from Snappy.

In fact, according to equipment manufacturers an annual tune-up is something your system requires at least once a year to deliver peak performance and maintain manufacture warranties.

And don't just take our word. Please find below what you can expect from your annual service.

"Snappy HVAC Technician Reggie Thomas provided my winter service. He was thorough with his inspection, courteous and explained each step he completed during the process. I can say I will be recommended Snappy Services to all my friends and family." - Barbara J.

5. Hot Water Heater Maintenance

The Allstate Insurance Company produced a report that summed up the dangers of water damage and concluded:

"water heater failures are one of the three most preventable sources of water damage in your home."


The average residential heater contains 40-50 gallons of water and is pressurized, when the tanks rupture they can cause massive damage to your home.

To check your hot water heater, then focus on the following items.

  • Flush the Tank
  • Check the Anode Rod
  • Test the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve
  • Inspect the Expansion Tank

While annual maintenance, including comprehensive review of your plumbing system and water heater, cannot guarantee damage to your home, they can dramatically reduce it as well as offer a action plan to avoid such catastrophes.

At Snappy, we recommend that only the more advanced homeowners try to perform water heater maintenance, here is some additional information.

6. Add Insulation

Home insulation works.


Often, overuse of the heating system may cause issues, so if your home is insulated, the hot air will remain inside your home.

Proper insulation works year round to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer as the savings add up over time.

7. Avoid Leaks with an Energy Audit

How do you know if your home is properly insulated? Have a home energy audit.


The first step to winterizing your home should likely be a home energy checkup because you should understand what needs modifications and/or repairs.

An energy checkup helps identify air leakage, which means you'll understand where money and hot air is seeping through your house.

Here is what you can expect.

Benefits of having a Snappy Energy Checkup means you will:

  • Increase your home comfort levels, especially in the summer and winter
  • Improve your indoor air quality
  • Increase your home's resale value
  • Uncover hidden safety issues, such as carbon monoxide or gas leaks
  • Uncover hidden accumulations of mold or mildew
  • Help you obtain rebates and incentives to minimize home improvement costs

Snappy's Home Energy Checkup uncovers areas of your home that are energy inefficient. By identifying suspect areas and providing a home energy solution you can cut your energy costs by 25% or more!

Winter is a wonderful season...with one main exception.

The cold weather.

Fortunately, our homes provide shelter to keep our loved ones warm. If you have any heating problems this winter, then the team at Snappy can help.

We are here 24/7 because we want to keep our customers and communities comfortable all year long. Call Snappy today with any questions!