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Is Your Heater Making Your House Too Hot This Winter?

The whole point of a heating system is to provide comfort to your household during cold weather. But comfort means more than just receiving heat. A heating system that runs all the time will make a home uncomfortably warm, almost to the point where you’ll welcome going outside in the cold! You want a balance of cozy warmth in your home, and if your heating system isn’t turning off when it should, you’ll end up with an unpleasant indoor environment.

Although sometimes an overheated house is a simple case of a mistake in programming the thermostat, at other times it will require professionals to come to repair the heating system. If you can’t adjust the thermostat to lower the heat, contact our technicians and we’ll find out what’s wrong and fix it.

Some reasons for a heater that won’t shut off

The most common cause for a heater that keeps running is a malfunction in the thermostat. If the temperature sensor in the thermostat begins to read that the heat levels in a home are lower than they actually are, the thermostat won’t signal to the furnace, boiler, or heat pump to shut off. A more serious thermostat issue is a loss of an electrical connection to the heating system. There is a dedicated wire that will signal to the heater to turn itself off, and a malfunction in the wiring will mean the heater will not shut off.

The electrical failure could also be within the heating system itself. If the temperature control switch in a furnace breaks, the system will potentially overheat. This not only means a home that is too hot, it could also become dangerous. This is one of the reasons that it’s vital not to hesitate when your home is too hot. (And don’t attempt any repairs on a heating system yourself, even an electric one.)

Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers the heating repair you need in Altoona, IA.

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