Planning for Emergency Heating Repairs

Maintain your furnace and forced-air distribution system to eliminate winter emergencies.

Maintain your furnace and forced-air distribution system to eliminate winter emergencies.

Fall is the time to be thinking about winter heating systems. Winters can be cold in many parts of the country. Thankfully, most homes have a primary heating system that keeps indoor temperatures comfortable — until there is a heating emergency. That's when the Fix-It Club can help with emergency heating repairs.

Forced-Air Distribution Repairs

If you have a furnace, a forced-air distribution system probably moves heated or cooled air throughout your home. The Fix-It Guide on forced-air distribution repair tells how a forced-air distribution system works, what often goes wrong, how to identify the problem, and what parts and tools you will need to fix it. It gives simple instructions for how to replace a filter, how to adjust blower-belt tension, how to test and replace a direct-drive blower motor, and how to balance the distribution system. This information applies whether you are performing gas furnace repair, oil furnace repair, electric furnace repair, or central air conditioner repair.

Electric Furnace Repairs

Many homes are heated with an electric furnace. Others use gas and oil furnaces, steam boilers, and wall or freestanding electric heaters. The Fix-It Guide on electric furnace repair tells how an electric furnace works, what often goes wrong, how to identify the problem, and what parts and tools you will need to fix it. It then directs you to other Fix-It Guides for simple step-by-step instructions for how to repair comfort controls, how to clean and adjust the blower, how to replace furnace filters, how to lubricate the motor, and how to test and repair or replace the heating element.

Electric Heater Repairs

Electric heaters are relatively simple in operation and simple to troubleshoot and repair. The Fix-It Guide on electric heater repair tells how an electric heater works, what often goes wrong, how to identify the problem, and what parts and tools you will need to fix it. It then gives simple step-by-step instructions for how to disassemble radiant and convective heaters and how to service a ceramic heating element. This guide also refers to other Fix-It Guides, such as motor repair and heating element repair, for specific problems.

Gas Furnace Repairs

A furnace keeps your home toasty warm until a problem occurs. This Fix-It Guide on gas furnace repair tells how a gas furnace works, what often goes wrong, how to identify the problem, and what parts and tools you will need to fix it. It then gives instructions for how to light the pilot, how to adjust the pilot, how to test and replace a thermocouple, how to adjust an adjustable burner air shutter, and how to clean removable burner tubes and ports. If you suspect problems in the forced-air distribution system or the comfort controls , check those guides as well. If you have another type of furnace, check the Electric Furnace Fix-It Guide, the Oil Furnace Fix-It Guide, The Steam Boiler Fix-It Guide, or the Hot Water Boiler Fix-It Guide.

Oil Furnace Repairs

Fortunately, an oil furnace is simple in operation and relatively trouble free. When it’s not, it’s time to fix it–or call someone who can. The Fix-It Guide on oil furnace repair tells how an oil furnace works, what often goes wrong, how to identify the problem, and what parts and tools you will need to fix it. It then gives simple step-by-step instructions for how to clean or replace a filter. For some repairs, you will be referred to switch repair, electrical service panel, motor repair, or forced-air distribution system repair.

--Dan "The Fix-It Man" Ramsey

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