What Happens When Your Heater Won’t Turn On?

Few things can be more exasperating than a heating system that shuts off unexpectedly, or which refuses to turn on in the first place. Thankfully, it alerts you to the problem right away, and here in Austin, TX, our warm weather means it constitutes a nuisance rather than a threat to your health or safety. Even so, a heater that won’t turn on is a problem that needs fixing fairly promptly. In some cases, it’s an issue you can resolve with a little troubleshooting. In others, you need the services of a professional to take care of the issue.

Causes You Can Fix

Most of the time, a cause you can address yourself doesn’t involve anything wrong with the heater itself. A power surge, for instance, can trigger the circuit breaker and cause the heater to be deprived of power. Resetting the breaker in your box can resolve the issue quite well. You should also check your thermostat to see if it’s out of batteries or has been set at the wrong temperature—both easy issues to correct—and make sure you change your air filters on a regular basis. A clogged filter can cause your system to overheat and shut down as well, so make sure you change or clean your filters once every few months at the minimum.

Causes That Call for Repair Service

If the problem is in the heater itself, you usually need an expert to perform a proper repair on it. This includes issues where the ignition system has failed, where there are clogs in the burners or the fuel line, where the heat exchanger has cracked, or where there’s a problem (electrical or otherwise) with the system’s fan motor. It takes a pro to diagnose and repair such issues, which means that if you can’t correct the problem with troubleshooting, you should shut the heat off and call in repair service.

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