How to Solve 3 Common Heating Problems

common heating problems

Coming in out of the cold is a relief. You can shed coat and scarf and relax in the warmth of your home. But common heating problems can steal that cozy feeling.

Is your home chilly – no matter how high you turn up the heat? Utility bill higher than usual with no apparent cause? If you’re cold indoors even when you’re healthy, your heating system probably has one of these common problems.

3 Common Heating Problems – and How to Solve Them

Fortunately, for every problem, there’s a solution. Here’s how to deal with these 3 chill-inducing heating problems.

1. Duct Blockage

Duct blockage can reduce your heating system‘s efficiency. Worse, it’ll make you think there’s something wrong with the heat pump when the problem is really in the ducts.

If some rooms (or one room in particular) is always colder than the others, one of your ducts may have actually come detached in your crawl space. This isn’t “duct blockage” – but it makes a huge impact on the efficiency of your heating system.

So what is duct blockage?

If your ducts aren’t cleaned on a regular basis, dust and grime can build up, slowing airflow. By the time the air gets to the furthest vents, it’s slowed and cooled. That can cause some rooms in your home to be colder than others.

Schedule duct cleaning yearly, and this problem will be one you don’t have to think about.

2. Inefficient Heat Pump

Your heating problems could be dirty heat pump filter and coils – or any number of issues. There are many small things that, put together, can lead to a very inefficient heat pump.

If you’re a trained HVAC technician, you already know how to check your heat pump. But if you’re like most people, you probably won’t spot all of these problems. That’s why heating and cooling pros exist.

To avoid getting frostbite this winter (or heat stroke this summer), schedule a yearly service call with a heating and cooling service professional with a good reputation.

3. Faulty Thermostat

Your thermostat is probably so far in the background of your daily life that you’ve forgotten about it. But it could be causing issues that seem like heating problems.

It could have been shut down by a power surge – and can’t measure the temperature to turn on the heat pump. It may be old and worn out. Or it could just be broken.

If your heating system consistently overshoots or undershoots your set temperature, leaving you too cold or too hot, your thermostat is probably broken and you should have it replaced. You’ll save money – and stay more comfortable.

A heating and cooling professional can tell you if your thermostat is on its last legs. Then, they can either adjust it or replace it with a new one for you.

(Note: if you still have a mercury thermostat, just go ahead and get a new one installed. Mercury isn’t accurate enough to be efficient.)


Because even common heating problems are technical in nature, you’re well served to ask for expert help. In Ooltewah, Cleveland, Hixson, Chattanooga, or Collegedale, TN, Just Call Dale’s for heating and cooling service. Our experienced heating system pros will be happy to make sure you’re warm this winter.

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