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5 Common HVAC Problems During the Winter

Problems During the Winter

Your HVAC system provides you with cooled air in the summer and hot air in the winter. It’s what your family relies on to live in a comfortable environment no matter what time of year it is. During the cold winter months, your system will likely be running around the clock. This can result in a few common HVAC problems that you should be on the lookout for.

Frozen Pipes

As the cold sets in, the water in your heating system can freeze if you don’t have it running. Frozen pipes are a very common issue that homeowners face. Boiler systems that use water to heat your home are a type of heating system that can have frozen pipes. You must turn off your home’s water supply and call in our HVAC professional right away. This is to prevent pipe bursting.

Uneven Temperatures

Another common HVAC problem is uneven airflow throughout various rooms in your home. You should check for improper sealing of windows and doorways. But, that may not always correct the issue. In these cases, you’ll need to have the ducting and vents inspected in the room. Look for debris that is blocking the ventilation system in those areas.

Heat Pump Malfunctions

If you have a heat pump system installed in your home, you have to be extra cautious in the wintertime. The coils and fans instead of the heating system can frost over with the cold weather. Many newer systems come with an automatic defrosting setting that prevents frost build-up. If your system doesn’t have this setting, you’ll need to clear away the frost buildup for your systems to work.

Blocked Filters

Heating systems in your home that use ductwork will have filters. These filers are there to trap allergens and debris that is in the air within your home. When these filters get clogged with dust, dirt, and debris, they can reduce the airflow in your home. This means that less hot air will reach your rooms and it can make your system seem as if it isn’t working. Replacing or cleaning your filters is a must.

Faulty Pilot Light

In some older central heating systems, you might find pilot lights. When these are not ignited, it can cause the rest of your system to fail. Cleaning the sensor should help to remedy this problem. If not, you’ll need to call in an HVAC professional to handle the issue with your pilot light.

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The wintertime causes a large strain on your home heating system. When problems arise, it’s important to call our HVAC professionals. Cahill Heating, Cooling, Electric, Plumbing & Sewer, Air Conditioning and Electric can fix the issues before it gets worse.

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