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Tips for Testing Your Heating System


One of the most annoying things that can ever happen is dealing with a bum heater in the cold of winter. While DeBary may not be known for its single-digit temperatures, having a quality heating system is still essential to your comfort and safety.

Summer is slowly waning and fall is peeking its head over the horizon, ready to make its entrance into the year. It’s best not to leave everything to the last minute when it comes to making sure your heating systems are in good condition.

In this article we’ll discuss some of the simple ways to troubleshoot your heating issues and when it’s best to work with a professional.

Start By Testing the Thermostat

thermostatproblemsThe first step you can take to make sure that everything is functioning properly is to check the thermostat. A thermostat is a device that helps regulate the temperature in your home.

If that does not work then it can be reading the temperature as being 67 degrees Fahrenheit, when it’s actually 57 and the heater won’t turn on because it believes that it is already warm enough.

A good way to check the thermostat is to check it. You can turn it on and off manually to make sure that it is in working order. When you turn it on heat, have someone else standing in front of the vents to let you know whether they feel hot air coming out of the thermostat, if not then that means there is a problem that needs to be fixed, pronto.

Understanding Circuit Breakers

A circuit breaker is an electric switch that built to protect an electrical circuit in case of an overload of electricity or a short. It keeps appliances from being destroyed when there is a fault detected by the circuit breaker.

Some signs that a circuit breaker may be nearing the end of its life are:

  • circuitbreakerConstant tripping of circuit.
  • The surface of the electrical panel is hot to the touch.
  • There is a metallic burning odor smell.
  • Noticeable sparks when plugging something in.

These signs mean that it is time to replace that circuit breaker. Generally, the issue you’ll be dealing with most is a tripped circuit breaker. While you can always flip it back into the on position easily, if it’s something that’s happening more often than usual, you may be dealing with a more serious electrical issue.

Blowing A Fuse

blownfuseWhen all the lights randomly turn off in the house, it means either a trip in the circuit breaker or a blown fuse. A blown fuse is easily noticeable because when you open the electrical panel the metal inside will look discolored, melted or even broken.

If these signs are noticed then it is time to replace the fuse, but be careful when messing with any sort of wiring as it can cause further damage or put you at risk for shock.

When it comes to electrical work, unless you know for sure what you are doing it is always best to get a professional in to fix the problem. At Mid Florida A/C, we are your reliable heating contractors. We can provide you with quality solutions to keep your system in top shape and your home warm when the winter temperatures do roll around.