Most home heating systems use either gas or electricity to operate. Electrical heaters are dependable and have high energy efficiency, but they do sometimes malfunction and break down. In this post, we’re going to address electric-powered systems and the troubles they can have that require professional repair. If you need heating repair in Fairfax, VA, contact the experienced team at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc.
If your electric furnace is no longer producing heat, it may mean that the heating elements are not working. The trouble could be a simple as a tripped circuit breaker or an incorrectly set thermostat. If these don’t solve the problem, you should schedule professional repairs to fix or replace the electric heating elements.
Sometimes the electrical problem is in the thermostat, so no matter how you set it, the heater will not turn on. If this is the case, it will probably require getting the thermostat replaced.
When an electric furnace malfunctions, you should do the same checks with the circuit breakers and thermostat. The trouble could be an overloaded motor. Try leaving the furnace off for 30 minutes before hitting the “reset” button. If none of this works, then the problem may lay with the heating elements, which have a different set-up than in a water heater. Where most electric water heaters use two heating elements, an upper and lower one, electric furnaces use multiple elements that turn on in stages. The more heat your home needs, the more heating elements will switch on to maintain it. If one or more of these fail, the furnace will not be able to provide as much heat as before. A technician can use a device called an ammeter to test which of the elements aren’t working. Attempting this fix yourself puts you at risk of a high voltage shock, so leave the job to the professionals.
OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. can give you the personal attention you need to fix the electrical problem in your heating system. When you need experienced repair work, call OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc.