Propane Heating System Troubleshooting Tips
Posted: December 21, 2020
Once winter arrives, you’ll be relying more and more on propane heating system to keep you warm and comfortable on those chilly nights. But what happens if your heating equipment won’t respond when you need it most?
The most important thing to do is to remember that Rand Wade Oil has your back—our technicians provide expert emergency heating service to customers in our Greene County, NC service area and will get your equipment back on track in no time!
But before you contact us for a service call, it’s a good idea to do a little detective work on your heating system—the problem might be something you can handle without paying for a pro.
Before Making A Service Call Checklist
Here are four things you should do before you contact us for emergency heating service:
- Check Your Fuel Gauge – Hey, run-outs happen to the best of us. Check your fuel levels to make sure you have fuel on tap. If you have less than a quarter of a tank (25%) of propane gas or heating oil, contact us for a delivery right away. If you’re out of fuel, contact us for an emergency fuel delivery—and consider signing up for Automatic Delivery to avoid the problem in the future!
- Check Your Circuit Breaker – A breaker will “trip” if too much power is surging through the circuit it controls; this helps to prevent electrical fires. Most of the time a simple flip of the circuit breaker switch will restore power; do that and check your heater again. If it still doesn’t work, contact us for service.
- Check Your Thermostat – Make sure your thermostat is set for a temperature that is at least five degrees warmer than the current temperature of your home. Sometimes that much of a difference is needed to “wake up” your heating equipment—or at least to rule out a bigger problem.
- Try the Reset Button, But Only Once! – The purpose of the reset button is to shut the furnace down before it can trip your circuit breaker. The need for this may arise if the furnace becomes too hot, or if there is some sort of electrical system interruption. To get the furnace working again, press the reset button back down again. However, if you press the reset button and your furnace turns off again, continuing to press the reset button can damage your furnace! If your furnace doesn’t start after hitting reset once, contact us for heating service.
Stay warm and safe this heating season with a little help from propane—and the propane experts at Rand Wade Oil. Contact us today for heating system service and reliable heating oil and propane deliveries in Greene County, North Carolina.