If you've had your heater inspected, and your home is still not getting warm enough, the problem might not be with your heating unit. The problem could be stemming from a separate problem inside your home. Don't be left out in the cold. If your heating repair technician has given your heater a clean bill of health, here are three other problems that you could be facing.
If your heater isn't pushing hot air through the vents, you could have a dirty filter. In order for your heater to work properly, it has to have sufficient airflow. Unfortunately, a dirty filter will prevent air from filtering through your home properly. If it's been a while since you changed your filter, you should take care of that now. While you're changing the filter, use your vacuum to give the filter compartment a thorough cleaning. Not sure how often you should change your filter? A good rule of thumb is to change it each time the seasons change. That way, you know you're changing your filter once every three months – or four times a year.
If your filter is clean, but you're still not getting sufficient airflow through the vents, you could have clogged or dirty air ducts. Dirt, dust, animal dander, and even rodent droppings can collect inside the ducts. Over time, your ducts can become so clogged with debris that the air won't be able to flow through properly. If you can't remember the last time you had your ducts cleaned, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Improperly Placed Thermostat
If your thermostat is registering a comfortable temperature, but your house is still cold, you could have a problem with thermostat placement. This is particularly true if your thermostat is installed in a corner of the room or in a hallway. Placing your thermostat in an enclosed area can cause a false reading to register, which means the area around the thermostat will be warm, but the reading won't be reflect the true temperature of your home. Contact your heating contractor and have them install your thermostat in a different location in your home.
If your heater has been serviced, but your home is still cold, you could be looking at a different problem altogether. The information provided above will help you identify, and correct, the issues that you're facing with your homes heating. For more information and advice, contact a heating contractor at a company like Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc.