When to Call the Professionals for Heating Repair
Our Troubleshooting Checklist Can Save You Time and Money!
There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night and thinking, “Gee, it’s cold in here!” …before you realize your heat isn’t working.
Or maybe your system just doesn’t seem to be keeping your rooms as warm as usual. In either case, when you furnace or boiler is on the fritz, Bolkema Fuels has got your back! We’re here for you and our technicians can get you up and running again quickly.
Troubleshoooting Tips Before Calling For Repair
Sometimes, there’s actually an easy fix that you can handle yourself, and that can help you avoid the expense of a service call! Try some of these common troubleshooting steps before you call us:
1. 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 just in case.
2. 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 back on.
3. Check Your Fuel Supply
If you haven’t checked your tank gauge in a while, there’s a good chance you’ve run out of fuel. This is especially true if it’s been very cold recently, or if you’ve been spending more time at home during the day. If you’re out, know that we’re on call 24/7 for emergency heating oil deliveries.
4. 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.
5. Check the Air Filter
When the air filter on your furnace gets clogged, your system may shut down automatically to prevent further issues. Replace it and keep a note on your calendar to check it at least once a month.
6. 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. Have a hot water boiler? You can skip this step.
7. 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 these steps resolves the problem, call us and we’ll dispatch a technician to get you up and running as soon as possible.
Enroll in a Bolkema Fuels Heating System Service Plan Today
Some heating system problems are easy to prevent. A heating system tune-up is the best way to make sure your boiler or furnace is running at peak efficiency throughout the coldest months of the year. It not only helps keep heating costs down, but regular maintenance also prevents many of the problems that lead to breakdowns!
Our affordable service plans include annual maintenance and can also help you save money on repairs if you do require a service call.
No matter what you need, Bolkema’s team of experts is here for you, and we’re always happy to help. As a fourth-generation family-owned business, we’re your neighbors, and we care about our reputation in the community. That’s why we go out of our way to exceed your expectations. Contact us today—we’re always happy to help.