Why is My Home Heating Unevenly?

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Throughout the middle of winter, homeowners rely on their heating systems to evenly distribute heat throughout their homes to ensure comfort and coziness all season long. However, many homeowners run into the issue of certain rooms in their house feeling much colder than others while their heater is on. Not only is this problem very inconvenient, but it can also be frustrating as feeling cold in your own home can cause discomfort and even prevent families from being able to sleep comfortably at night.

In this blog, we’ll be sharing a few reasons why your home might feel unevenly heated and how Fix It Fast Plumbing Heating & Air can help!

Old Heater

How old is your heater? If it’s over 15 years old, it might be starting to fail, hence why your whole home isn’t being heated evenly. If your heater is on its last legs, it won’t be able to produce the full amount of heat it should be. Have our team at Fix It Fast Plumbing Heating & Air come take a look at your heater and make a recommendation on whether or not it’s able to be repaired or if a full replacement should be done. Oftentimes, if the repairs cost half of what a new heater would cost, we recommend going with a new system.

Dirty Air Filters

We can’t stress enough how important it is to check your filters every 30 days and replace them with fresh filters at least every 60 to 90 days. Over time, air filters become clogged with dust and debris that will eventually prevent heat from flowing through. Check your filters and see if there is visible debris clogging them. If so, this could be the reason why your home is heating unevenly. Fortunately, it’s a simple fix. All you have to do is head over to your local home improvement store and pick up some new filters. Always make sure you check for the correct filter size before you purchase them.

Short Cycling

Your heater shouldn’t be cycling on and off more than four or fives times in one hour, so if you hear it turning off and on frequently, it means your heater is short cycling.There are various reasons why your heater might be short cycling, but it’s important to know that short cycling will prevent the full amount of heat to flow through your home, meaning certain rooms of your house will feel colder than others. If you hear your heater turning off and on frequently every hour, it’s time to give our team a call at (805) 600-2330.

Blocked or Closed Vent

A common heating myth many people tend to fall for is closing your vents will save you money on your heating bills. This is not true! Closing your vents will only make your heater work even harder to produce hot air, which will actually make your heating bills increase. If you know that you haven’t closed any of your vents, go around your house and make sure they are not being blocked by any furniture. Many homeowners don’t realize that a chair or sofa might be covering part or all of a vent, which is why your living room might feel colder than your kitchen.

Haven’t Scheduled Seasonal Maintenance

In addition to keeping up with changing your air filters, it’s also vital that you keep up with seasonal HVAC maintenance. Lack of HVAC maintenance means your system is not being inspected in advance of when you need to use it the most. When your HVAC system is not inspected and checked for any repairs it might need, problems can arise that can end up being very costly in the long run. If you haven’t scheduled your seasonal HVAC maintenance appointment yet, now is the time to do so.

If you’re dealing with an unevenly heated home and think one or more of the above problems is the reason why, give us a call at (805) 600-2330 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a repair appointment. Fix It Fast Plumbing Heating & Air will have your heater as good as new in no time!