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Troubleshooting Heating Systems For Multi-Unit Buildings

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Managing shared housing can be difficult with many different, sometimes conflicting needs. Some people may be perfectly comfortable with colder weather while others enjoy basking in a continuous block of heat in their rooms. If you need to troubleshoot failed heating units or want another way to isolate temperatures, consider a few troubleshooting and home improvement techniques to improve conditions.

Climate Control Conflicts

Heating units control temperature by measuring the temperature of a specific area of a room. The target temperature isn't the general area, but an enclosed thermometer that is usually situated in the main living area or bedroom.

Many heating units are incorrectly designed for multi-unit buildings. For example, consider two adjacent rooms that share a single wall. An amateur installer may place a heating unit for each room on either side of the same wall. As these units generate heat, the wall area can become hotter at a far faster rate than the rest of the room, causing the heaters to switch off before reaching target heat.

If you're dealing with such a setup, contact a heating installation professional to correct the error. A heating technician relocate the heating units while searching for the optimum placement area. If there is a better model or setup that can heat the rooms more efficiently, leave it to the technician's experience and best practices to find the way.

Assessing Burnout From Old Units

Older heating systems can begin to burn away at the wiring. As the years go by, dust can settle against internal components and lead a trail of burning trash that may eventually burn away at the wiring.

If you're inspecting the area, take proper precautions to avoid electrocution. Make sure that the area is properly lit and try to isolate the power by turning off only the heating unit area at the fuse box. Use a small flashlight to explore any areas that may be covered by dust or debris and wear gloves in case of sharp objects, exposed wiring or dangerous pests.

Take note of the color codes in use with the wiring. The colors are usually designed to show a specific setup code, but you can use them to replace the wires without knowing the exact purpose. Write the colors down and try to replace them with the same color in order to have the same wire setup. If you need to use a different color, make sure to write down the change.

Contact a heating repair professional if wiring isn't your best area, or if you'd rather have a professional, like someone from McLaughlin Air Conditioning Co Inc., on the job.


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