Now that winter is here, you need to keep your home in shape to be as comfortable as possible while colder weather settles in. In order to avoid HVAC winter issues, follow the below steps to ensure that your HVAC system is running smoothly. That way, it will efficiently serve you throughout winter.
Watch out for the most common HVAC winter issues that happen frequently during this season. In addition, contact your friendly HVAC contractor when you can’t handle the problem on your own.
HVAC Winter Issues
If your heating and cooling system has not been serviced for quite some time, the filters can get clogged with dust and debris. This will lead to decreased air flow and not enough warmth in the home. To prevent this from happening, clean or replace your filters every couple of months.
Before you think there’s a problem with your heater, check first if your thermostat is still working. Maybe it’s time to replace and upgrade to a programmable one, or maybe all it needs is a simple change of batteries.
The pipes inside your home can freeze as the temperatures begin to drop. As a result, hot water heaters and radiators won’t be able to function properly. If you’re leaving your home for a long period of time, shut off your water supply so there won’t be any water in the pipes to freeze.
If you’re experiencing hot or cold spots, this is a sign of uneven airflow. There could be cracks and leaks that allow hot air to escape the room, so check for gaps in your doors and windows and seal them.
It’s also possible that you got the wrong size for your equipment, which is why it is having a hard time meeting the demands of your household. You may contact an HVAC company to do a site audit so that hot air won’t be able to escape, or request for a resizing of your system.
Faulty Pilot Light
If you’re using an older heating system that runs on gas or propane, it requires an ignited pilot light to fully function. Cleaning the sensors can remedy the problem. If it doesn’t, now may be the best time to upgrade to a more energy-efficient heating system.
For help beating any HVAC winter issues, call Neal’s Heating & Air – and we’ll help you out!