Just like the frequent Game of Thrones saying, winter is coming and it’s much sooner than you think. Despite a range of unseasonably warm temperatures followed by cold spells, the winter months will bring cold temperatures back to the area and many common winter HVAC issues with it. These cold temperatures, freezes, and rare occasions of snow can bring a ton of issues for your HVAC systems. Here are a few common winter HVAC issues:
If not prepared properly, frozen pipes can cause your home plenty of issues that can include pipe bursts, radiator failure, or even a complete heating unit failure. On nights of a possible deep freeze, it’s imperative to drip your faucets enough to keep the water flowing to prevent a freeze. If left unattended, a burst pipe can lead to malfunctioning toilets, compromised showers, or loss of tap water. These repairs can become costly but can be avoided with insulated piping and keeping a thermostat to at least 65 degrees. It is important to tune up your furnace to keep your water pipes protected and running at full capacity.
Uneven Airflow and Temperature
Your home’s air circulation can vary depending on the season. For example, cool air falls, which is why the best practice to cool your home in the summer months is to close floor vents and open ceiling vents. For the winter, the opposite works best. Closing ceiling vents in favor of floor vents will let the hot air rise and warm your home quicker. Dirty filters are the main cause of uneven airflow, but can also faulty/improper ductwork can be factors as well. For more information on what great ductwork looks like, read this article by Tuckey HVAC.
Malfunctioning Heat Pump
Some homes use the warmth from exterior heat pumps, but these appliances can be damaged or perform poorly due to the harsh external winter conditions. Issues like broken fan motors or coil blockage can lead to faults in this appliance. Signs like a sudden loss of heat, not enough heat, blowing cold air, incorrect cycling, or odd noises can point toward potential issues.
Dirty Heater Filters
Dirty or clogged filters are not limited to just the summer months but still can cause your HVAC system issues if not properly taken care of. Dust, dirt, and other debris can cause decreased airflow. This leads to reduced warmth in your home. It’s important to replace any bent or discolored filters with new ones to maximize airflow.
At times, the issue with a heating system is not a mechanical one, but rather an issue with the electronic component like a thermostat. This part regulates the temperature in your heating system. Its operation is normally simple. You set the preferred temperature and the thermostat uses electronic parts to maintain that level of heat. If this part malfunctions, your heating/cooling will not turn on, your heating/cooling may run constantly, or your thermostat is completely unresponsive.
Faulty Pilot Lights
Pilot lights are small blue flames that constantly stay lit so heat is easier to access when needed. If this light goes out or fails to burn bright enough, homeowners will have little heating and possibly suffer from the cold.
Carbon Monoxide Leaks
Carbon monoxide leaks can cause death if not quickly caught and fixed. This gas is odorless and tasteless, making it almost undetectable without carbon monoxide detectors. These issues are often the result of cracked or rusted heaters.
Prevent Common Winter HVAC Issues Before They Happen
If your furnace or heating system loses any efficiency, it may be a sign one of these common winter HVAC issues are affecting your home’s system. To prevent any of these issues, schedule routine maintenance and inspections with one of Hammock’s HVAC technicians. For the rest of 2019, heating inspections are only $89 and come with a free springtime checkup. Additionally, we’re running a special on FREE second opinions. Click on either image for additional details. Remember, we’re not comfortable until YOU are!