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5 Common Central Heating System Problems and Solutions

Written on: January 27, 2019

There’s nothing more frustrating than experiencing central heating system problems in the dead of winter.

But if wear and tear is making itself known in your home, identifying the issue and solving the problem is the safest, most efficient thing to do so that your heating system can be up and running as soon as possible.

Perform these quick tests first before determining whether you’re dealing with something more serious:

Otherwise, you could be dealing with something more involved.

1. You Don’t Have Heat

Heat loss is an obvious sign that you’re dealing with a central heating system issue. Even if you have partial heat, that’s still an indicator. Heat loss could be a result of dirty or clogged filters, an airlock, or mechanical problems.

Some possible solutions include checking the following:

2. Pipes Are Leaking

Are you dealing with leaking pipes? This is a sure indication of a central heating issue.

One temporary solution is tightening the pipe joint by turning it a quarter turn at a time, to make sure it’s not damaged in the process.

After you do this, if you’re still having the same issue, use sealant on the pipe.

However, keep in mind that these are only temporary solutions. The pipe should be replaced as soon as possible to avoid further leaking.

3. You Hear Strange Noises  

Hearing strange sounds coming from your central heating system? That hissing, banging, gushing, creaking or popping isn’t normal. It could be a sign of something serious such as overheating.

Here are some things you can do:

4. Radiators Have Cold Patches

Are you or a family member complaining about cold patches on the radiator this winter? It’s time to do some digging.

First, figure where the cold patches are. If they’re on the top of the radiator, that means air has gotten into your heating system and it needs to be removed.

If cold patches pop up on the bottom of the radiator, there’s probably a blockage like rust or sludge. Depending on your system, pipes might need to be flushed.

5. System Cycle Frequently Turns On and Off

Is your system shutting off and on erratically — and frequently? If so, it could be shutting off because of the following reasons:

In this case, it’s best to call in an expert.

If you’re dealing with central heating system problems and are ready for a team of dedicated experts to solve your problem, contact Williams Energy today!