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With the Ohio winter well under way, many homeowners are beginning to run into issues with their heaters. Heaters are most necessary during the winter and they work hardest during this time of year, but they often break down the most during this time as well. At Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling in Eastlake, we pride ourselves on being reliable so that you can get heater repairs when they are needed the most.

In today’s post, we will discuss four of the most common heater repairs that it is necessary to make. Look out for the issues that make these repairs necessary, and be sure to call the team at Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling when you need help making your furnace run properly. Read on to learn more!

Replacing Air Filters

Air filters are essential to properly functioning heaters. Dirty air filters limit air flow, which can cause air to get trapped in the heating system and no longer spread through a space efficiently. When it gets too dirty, an air filter can actually cause a furnace to turn off and stop heating your home or business entirely.

A dirty air filter can also lead to other issues in your heating system, such as a cracked heat exchanger, which is a dangerous and expensive problem to have. It is one of the most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning, and a cracked heat exchanger often requires an entirely new heating system.

Luckily, it is easy to repair a dirty air filter — all you have to do is replace it! How often you need to replace your air filter depends on the type of filter your furnace uses, with thinner air filters needing to be replaced more often. If your air filter is only a few inches thick, then you will probably need to replace it every few months. Routine services from Tom Schaefer’s Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling can ensure your air filters are replaced on time and do not cause major issues.

Issues With the Thermostat

When your furnace is not working how you would like it to work and the air filter has recently been replaced, it can be stressful to consider the possibilities and their potential costs. Luckily, sometimes heating issues are as simple as problems with your thermostat. Whether you accidentally have it on the wrong setting, forgot to change the batteries, or need a new thermostat entirely, these issues are often far more affordable than malfunctions with the heating system itself.

Make sure your thermostat is working correctly. Check to make sure the settings are correct, and change the batteries if necessary. This can save you money and headaches down the line.

Repairing a Faulty Ignition System

There are many ways that the ignition system in your furnace can go wrong. If you have an older furnace, then maybe the pilot light has not worked properly. On newer models, a circuit board can malfunction, causing the system to turn off entirely.

With all the ways the ignition system can go wrong, fixing faulty ignitions are some of the most common repairs we perform at Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling. Of course, the proper repair for a faulty ignition system depends entirely on what the precise issue actually is, but our team is trained to handle all sorts of ignition issues, regardless of the type of system. If the furnace in your home or business has stopped working suddenly, then be sure to call our team. We will be happy to help.

Fixing Belt and Blower Issues

Another common repair the team at Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling often makes in the winter is repairs and replacements to the furnace belt and blower system. The blower on your furnace spreads hot air throughout your home, and issues with the system itself will often become noticeable when the temperature drops. When a blower does not work correctly, your home will not be heated efficiently and it can cost you money on utility bills.

Often the cause of a blower issue stems from the belt on the motor of the blower. Just like the belts in your car, the belt on the blower motor can become frayed and even break after years of use. In many cases, our team is able to fix blower issues by replacing the belt on the motor. On the other hand, the issue with a blower can be more substantial than just a belt, and it could require replacing the entire blower motor or another portion of the system.

Regular inspections and maintenance can help you stay up-to-date on the status of your blower system and avoid costly issues before they arise. Contact the team at Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling today if you are in need of one of these repairs or if you would like to schedule regular maintenance appointments for the future. Our team will be thrilled to help keep your house warm throughout the winter.