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Why Won’t My Heating System Work?

Posted: November 2, 2015

Cold and under a blanket

Posted: November 2, 2015
Posted by: Larry Grier, Service Manager

Most people call us when they discover their heat is off, and on a cold winter night, that’s understandable. But sometimes there’s a simple fix you can do yourself that will get your heat going quickly and save you the expense of a service visit. Here are a few steps to take for both oil and gas systems.

If you have an oil-fired system:

  • Check the fuel level in your tank.
  • Be sure all emergency valves or switches are in their “on” or “start” positions.
  • Check fuses or circuit breakers.
  • Make sure your thermostat is set above room temperature and to HEAT.
  • Press the reset button on the burner ONCE ONLY.

If you have a gas-fired system:

  • Once again, check your circuit breaker.
  • Make sure the thermostat is on the correct setting and calling for heat.
  • Be sure all emergency valves or switches are in their “on” or “start” positions.

Since gas systems don’t use fuel storage tanks, there is obviously no need to look at fuel level.

Most heating systems have electronic ignition systems, which are more reliable than traditional pilot lights. When an electronic ignition switch fails, the heating system will not ignite. Dust and dirt in the area along with dirty air filters can also cause the switch to fail. Faulty control boards and faulty safety switches are also responsible for the failure to ignite.

Calling us:

Whether you have an oil or gas system, if, after all these steps, you still have no heat, contact us. Once we have determined that a service call is required, we will get someone to your home as soon as possible. Our goal is to keep our customers warm and comfortable. If you have a sudden breakdown, you can rely on our 24/7 emergency services.

Contact us, or call us at 888-607-2621.