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Heater is not heating up

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Heater is not heating up

I live in a condo and thats how my heater settings looks like (see attached images). I have yanked up the temperature to 32 and yet the heater isn't make it hot enough. it barely reaches 19 degrees. What could possibly wrong?
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UrbanPoet wrote: Is it a gas furnace. Maybe the pilot light is off
Thats not a gas furnace. It’s either a heat pump or fancoil unit. If you own the condo call a repair man. If you rent all your landlord.
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hyph3n wrote: Heater is not heating up

I live in a condo and thats how my heater settings looks like (see attached images). I have yanked up the temperature to 32 and yet the heater isn't make it hot enough. it barely reaches 19 degrees. What could possibly wrong?
OP, request a mod have this thread moved to the Home and Garden subforum [or if you're in a pinch, post the same thread there and request having this one locked or deleted]. There are some regular posters in that forum who are knowledgeable about HVAC systems.

There's also a Ask me anything about HVAC thread, you might try asking there as well.

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The filter needs changing, looks very dirty.
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aviador wrote: OP, request a mod have this thread moved to the Home and Garden subforum [or if you're in a pinch, post the same thread there and request having this one locked or deleted]. There are some regular posters in that forum who are knowledgeable about HVAC systems.

There's also a Ask me anything about HVAC thread, you might try asking there as well.

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Thanks. Made a post in that specific section and added to HVAC thread.
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Was there a blackout recently? The heater could be controlled by maintenance. Is it only your unit affected or others as well?
hyph3n wrote: I live in a condo and thats how my heater settings looks like (see attached images). I have yanked up the temperature to 32 and yet the heater isn't make it hot enough. it barely reaches 19 degrees. What could possibly wrong?


P.S:
I originally posted it (https://forums.redflagdeals.com/heater- ... #p28715565) but got recommended to post here.

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That fancoil needs a proper cleaning. Should be cleaned and maintained every six months, when was it last done.

Could be that the heating isn't functioning since the heat was switched over. Turn the actual fancoil itself off via that black switch in it for an hour then on again and see if the heat works. Sometimes these things have the valve stick when they switch from cooling to heating mode.

Also possible it's completely clogged, but you'd smell a burning smell. When you switch it on do you get a sensation of a burning smell? You should get a minor whiff if the heating coil is working.
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Change your filter.

If you don't have a new one on hand, take it out until tomorrow...just remember to buy a new one tomorrow (and put it in).
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Set the fan to manual, and put it to the highest speed. If it is working like a blower then it isn't a fan issue. I suspect what you have is the water pipe that is heated during winter by the building and loops around the units. I guess this is as high as it goes unless you ask management to heat the water further. Ask your neighbors if they all have the same issue.

You really need to change the filter, and wipe the dust around the unit. You're breathing that disgusting stuff into your body.
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Depending on your building hot water set up (common boiler on the roof I assume), on colder days it may struggle to keep up. I'd call the condo management or ask front desk if you have one if there's an issue, sometimes the boiler needs a service call.
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Try resetting it by flipping the breaker off then on again. The solenoid valve may be stuck closed. Take the cover off, you should see a inlet/outlet pipe/hose. Touch it and see if either is hot.

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