For centuries, fireplaces and coal stoves kept humans warm enough to survive harsh winters. But they did a poor job of spreading heat throughout a living space. People had to stay near the fire to get the best heat. Modern central heating systems solved this problem: using networks of ducts and pipes, they distribute cozy warmth all through a home.
So if a few rooms in your house start feeling chillier than normal, your heater could be sending up a signal flare that something is wrong. Does your heater need repair? It might—the trouble could range from something you can remedy in a few minutes, all the way to age issues with your system that could require new installation. Let’s look at some of the possibilities.
The simplest reasons for uneven heating are blocked vents, open windows, or an improperly set thermostat. If you use a furnace (likely in older Georgia homes), check room vents to see that they are open and that no furniture has been moved to block them. Make certain all windows are shut tight; even a small draft can drain the heat right from a room. See that the thermostat is set to “heat” and at the right temperature.
A more serious trouble that can turn rooms cold—but doesn’t require repairs on your heating system—is poor insulation. The icy rooms might not have enough insulation to keep heat trapped. Add weather stripping around doors and caulk windows if you haven’t already, and look into getting improved insulation in the walls.
If you exhaust these possibilities, then your heater may indeed need professional repairs. Broken ducts are a primary cause for leaking heat, and will require sealing. If you use zone heating, then one of the multiple thermostats may have a malfunction. If your heater is an older one—perhaps inherited with your home—then the uneven heating might be an early warning that the system is too aged and worn to do its job. Replacing it may be the most cost-effective route.
If you can’t determine the reason for the temperature change, then summon a heating specialist to hunt down the cause. A trained HVAC technician, such as the ones who work for Cool Air Mechanical, will know the best way to restore your home to its top heating ability. Whether you need a new installation or a simple heating repair in Sandy Springs, GA, look to the expertise of Cool Air Mechanical.