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How To Know It’s Time to Replace Your Florida Heating System

How To Know It's Time to Replace Your Florida Heating System
There’s nothing quite like an East Coast “bomb cyclone” to remind Floridians exactly why they love the Sunshine State. We won’t be digging out the driveway or warming the car each morning, but the past year has led to some remarkable situations – including snow in Tallahassee.
No matter whether you’re in the Panhandle, on the Gulf coast, or deep in Florida’s heartland, you’ve probably used your heater quite a bit this winter. That can leave you with unpleasant surprises if it doesn’t work quite the way you expected it to.

If you’re wondering whether it’s time to replace your heater, you’re in the right place.

How Does A Central Heating System Work?
Most of the time, Floridians only need one heater – the sun!

No matter whether you’re in Florida or anywhere else in the U.S., though, your heater probably works using the same few basic principles. Gas systems are extremely rare in Florida, so odds are good you are using an electric residential HVAC system where heating and cooling components work together.

An electric heater – also called an electric furnace – works like a gas furnace but uses electric heating elements. A blower draws cool air into the cabinet using a cold air return, then feeds that air into the heat exchanger.

Once the air is properly warmed, the blower pushes it back out through the ductwork.

What Can Go Wrong With A Heating System?
Electric heater systems and cooling systems support each other using the same components, so a problem with one function will tend to cause problems with the other. That’s why, when you notice issues with your heater, it’s a good idea to call a professional.

After all, you don’t want your A/C to give up on you come March!

Three major problems tend to strike with electric heaters:

1. Interruption In Power Delivery
If faulty wiring is the culprit, you will probably notice your system cycling off and on more than it used to. You may see it turn off and on even though it’s nowhere near the desired temperature. In some cases, this causes a spike that can cause lights throughout the home to dim or flicker.

2. Faulty Heating Elements
If you have a faulty heating element, then you’ll usually find yourself getting lukewarm or even slightly cool air from your heater. The air will blow through the vents with the usual force, but it will only be a little bit warmer than the air produced by the AC setting. This can cause the unit to run indefinitely.

3. Blower Breakdown
If you have a blower breakdown, you won’t have much – or any – airflow through your vents. If a vent seems to fail, look at another one to be sure that the problem is widespread. If none of your vents are blowing, check for a clogged air filter before you consider a bad blower.

When Is It Necessary To Replace a Heater?
Heat elements and blowers can both be replaced, although the latter will tend to be more costly than the former. Power delivery problems can point to more serious issues. A new system will offer better performance, safer operation, and lower ownership costs.

Whatever the problem may be, you’ll save money in the long run by addressing it as soon as possible. For help, contact East Coast Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule a service or maintenance call and ensure your HVAC unit is ready for every season.

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