What to do if your heat doesn’t work

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(WTNH) — While it probably hasn’t felt like it, fall is here, and the cooler weather will be here before you know it. Here at Storm Team 8, we are predicting colder temperatures to take hold this weekend, and with chill will likely have you grabbing extra blankets and cuddling up.  But sometimes blankets simply are not enough, and you will need to turn to the heat.

So what do you do if you click that thermostat on, but the heat doesn’t actually turn on in your house? Here are 8 tips for dealing with home heating problems.

  1. Before you even tinker to try to troubleshoot whats wrong, it might be good to call a professional and have them service your unit. If you do that, you likely will not encounter any problems at all.
  2. If your house is heated with natural gas, make sure the valve is in line with the gas line running to your unit. If you do that, you will probably have gas going to your system and it will probably start working again. Also if you have an oil furnace, check the tank to make sure you actually have oil in the tank.
  3. In addition to checking the tank, check to see if your thermostat is working. It may need new batteries.
  4. If your unit is not turning on and isn’t making any sound, it may not have any power going to it. Check to make sure that you actually didn’t switch off the system by accident. Additionally, check that the breaker didn’t get tripped sometime during the summer.
  5. If your system is running but you have no heat, you may have a dirty air filter. Make sure to change them every 90 days so your system will run efficiently!  Cheaper filters will protect your system while more expensive filters protect you from potential irritants and allergens in the air.
  6. Most systems have an eye hole that you can look into to make sure your gas is actually lit. If you can visually see light and flame through the hole, you are on your way to getting heat in your house. But if you still don’t have heat in the house, it might be another issue.
  7. If you heat your house with forced air, make sure all of the vents are open, and that no return vents are obstructed. This helps HUGELY with efficiency too!
  8. Now if some parts of your house are warmer than others, it might be because your radiators need to be bled.Here’s how you do it:


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