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My Heating System Isn’t Working—What Do I Do?

Posted: November 22, 2021

Try These Troubleshooting Tips for Your Boiler or Furnace

heating repair north carolinaNothing is worse than waking up in the middle of the night and thinking, “Gee… it’s cold in here!” and realizing your heat is off. Should this ever be the case, of course, Rand Wade Oil has got your back! We’re here for you—and our techs can get you back up and running, fast.

But before you call, try these troubleshooting tips: There could be an easy solution and you could avoid the expense of a service call.

Boiler or Furnace Health Checklist

Check Your Thermostat

Make sure your thermostat is set to a temperature at least 5° above room temperature and set to “heat.” Is it the batteries? Try installing fresh ones.

Check the System Switch

Did the switch for your heating system accidentally get turned off? This happens more often than you’d think. Don’t overthink it, just turn it on.

Check Your Fuel Supply

If you are on will-call for heating deliveries, and you haven’t checked your heating oil tank gauge in a while, you may have run out of fuel. Check your tank levels to confirm—and call us if you’re empty.

Check Fuses and Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers can easily trip. Check the breaker that your heating system is on and turn it on if it’s off.

Check the Air Filter

When the air filter on your furnace gets clogged entirely, the system will shut down. Replace it—and keep a note on your calendar to check it once a month, at least.

Check the Boiler

If you have a steam boiler, check the water level gauge. It should be at least half-full. Call us if it isn’t. If you have a hot water boiler, skip this step.

Reset the System

If none of the previous step’s work, push and hold the Reset button for 30 seconds. Only do this ONCE. Doing it more than once floods the combustion chamber with too much heating oil. That’s an expensive repair job on top of any other repairs you may need.

If none of those steps resolves the problem, call us right away at 252-653-4402 and we’ll dispatch a technician to get you up and running as soon as possible.

An Ounce of Prevention

Some heating system problems are hard to predict. But preventing a fuel run-out is easy if you sign up for our FREE automatic delivery service. That’s right—there’s no charge for this service, and you’ll get propane deliveries without ever having to monitor your propane tank or pick up the phone. We’ll keep tabs on your average usage patterns and the current weather conditions to deliver your fuel when you’re at about one-quarter full —with plenty of time to make sure you’re warm and comfortable in your Greene County, North Carolina home.

And if you haven’t already, call us to get your heating system tuned-up before the heart of the winter season arrives.

No matter what you need, the team at Rand Wade is here for you, and we’re always happy to help. We’re your neighbors, and we care about our reputation in the community, so we go out of our way to exceed your expectations. Contact us to become a customer today!