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Problematic Central Heating System Parts

by Sara Cook

A central heating system has the ability to warm a house up in no time when it is in a good condition. The system provides heat via several parts that work together, but problems can develop if any of the parts begin to malfunction. The furnace is the main part that must be functional for heat to be produced, but it can stop working for various reasons and need to be replaced. If you are trying to determine why your system has stopped producing heat, you might need to hire a professional to pinpoint the problem on your behalf. The content below explains parts of a central heating system that might need to be replaced when no warm air is being produced.

Gas or Oil Lines

Unless your furnace is fully electric, there are lines attached to it that are important for heat production. The lines are used for supplying oil or gas to the burner inside of the furnace. Gas or oil is necessary for helping the burner create the flame that is needed in the pilot area of the furnace, which is where combustion completes to create heat. The lines can cause problems if they become clogged up, but can usually be cleaned by a professional. If the lines become severely damaged and allows the oil or gas to leak out, replacing them is necessary.

An Old Thermostat

A thermostat plays an important role in the ability of a central heating system to warm a house up. A heating problem can stem from the thermostat not functioning properly, such as if it is in need of being re-calibrated. If you have the old type of thermostat, it might be worth getting a more modern one installed rather than trying to repair it. Modern models of thermostats are usually programmable and reliable when it comes to setting an accurate temperature. A modern thermostat is also ideal because you can avoid wasting energy that isn't needed, such as by programming it in a strategic manner.

The Furnace

The furnace is the main part of a central heating system, and it can experience problems that are simple to repair or complicated. For example, when the pilot flame goes out, it can be reignited in no time to resolve the problem. If the furnace constantly has problems and it is an old model, considering a replacement should be done. Frequent problems can stem from parts like the pilot orifice, thermocouple, valves, and burner becoming too worn out to properly function.

If you are having problems with your furnace not producing warm air, a simple repair may be needed, or a furnace replacement may be necessary. Reach out to an expect for an inspection.