It can get cold in Alexandria, VA during the winter months, especially at night. When the temperature outside drops, you expect your heater to keep you warm and safe. Below are five possible reasons your heater isn’t keeping up with your household’s winter demands.

1. Blocked Flue

A blocked flue can significantly impact the heating of your home. Causes of a blocked flue include a buildup of soot, animals building a home in the flue or matter falling into the flue and becoming stuck.

2. Clogged Furnace Filter

A clogged or dirty furnace filter not only impacts the indoor air quality of your home but also impacts how well your heater heats your home and will even cause your furnace to shut off. You should change the air filters in your furnace at least once per month.

3. Plugged Condensate Drain

A plugged condensate drain might also be a reason your heater isn’t heating properly. One sign of a plugged condensate drain is when your furnace activates and stays on longer than five seconds but shuts back off again before the temperature of your home reaches the desired level.

4. Thermostat Issues

Sometimes it’s not even the heater itself that’s at fault, but it could be the thermostat instead. A broken thermostat often misreads the temperature within the home, which causes the furnace to improperly heat your home.

5. Wrong Size

It’s easy to assume that part of the heater needs repairs or maintenance, but that’s not always the case. In some instances, the furnace is the wrong size for the home. If your furnace is too big, it doesn’t heat the entire house, but if it’s too small, it’ll work constantly and never raise the temperature to the desired level.

Don’t spend another winter wishing your heater kept up with your heating needs. Contact Indoor Air Quality Medics Heating & Air Conditioning today for your heating repair needs so you can stay comfortable this winter.

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