Avoiding Common Wintertime HVAC Issues

You might not be thrilled that your heating and cooling system represents 43% of our monthly utility bills under normal circumstances. But that percentage can easily increase if you neglect your regular HVAC maintenance. That can be a huge problem during wintertime, when we rely on our residential heating to keep our homes comfortable. And of course, this is the time of year when those urgent calls are most likely to occur. If you want to prevent the need for emergency HVAC services, you’ll want to keep an eye out for these common problems — and seek professional assistance sooner rather than later.

PROBLEM: Frozen Pipes

At first blush, this might seem strictly like a plumbing problem. But it can impact your HVAC system, too. If the pipe system for your hot water heater or older steam radiators freezes over, your home will quickly turn inhabitable as the temperatures drop. Of course, you’ll want to take measures to keep your pipes from freezing in the first place, such as added insulation and other upgrades. But if this problem should occur anyway, you’ll want to call in an HVAC technician to assess the situation right away.

PROBLEM: Sudden Heat Loss

In some cases, sudden heat loss can occur when hydroponic systems freeze over. But that’s not the only cause. Your compressor, heat pump, or air duct could be to blame for this problem, too. Because there are so many possible causes and solutions, it’s best to contact your heating and cooling system expert when the heat goes out. You certainly won’t be able to ignore the problem for long, and you should never tinker around with your heating system yourself.

PROBLEM: Frequent Cycling

You’ll probably notice when the heat kicks on. If it’s happening more and more often and shutting down just as quickly, you might have a problem on your hands. There might be a simple fix, as clogged air filters can lead to frequent cycling. But if you’ve recently changed your filters and the problem still persists, a worn-out component or faulty thermostat might be the cause. Since these HVAC system repairs are likely too complex for you to tackle on your own, don’t wait to place a call to your HVAC service technician.

PROBLEM: Carbon Monoxide

Although it’s unlikely you’ll ever have to deal with a carbon monoxide leak, this risk needs to be taken seriously (no matter how remote it might be). An old or cracked heater can easily start leaking this poisonous gas. And because the fumes are odorless and tasteless, you might never realize the issue until it’s too late. This illustrates the importance of installing and maintaining carbon monoxide detectors in your home. But an HVAC technician can actually identify even lower levels of this gas, before your detector ever goes off. That’s why having yearly HVAC maintenance performed is so essential, especially if your heating and cooling system is more than a decade old.

As a homeowner, you might have let certain maintenance tasks fall by the wayside. But you must prioritize your HVAC upkeep if you want to keep your family healthy and safe this winter. To schedule an appointment, please contact us today.