5 Common HVAC Problems During the Winter

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5 Common HVAC Problems During the Winter

Problems During the Winter

Your HVAC system is responsible for providing 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 who live in temperate environments face. Boiler systems that utilize water to create steam for heating your home are going to be the types of heating systems that can experience frozen pipes. You must turn off your home's water supply and call in our HVAC professional right away to prevent pipe bursting.

Uneven Temperatures

Another common issue that you can experience with your HVAC system is uneven airflow throughout various rooms in your home. While your first remedy should be to check for improper sealing of windows and doorways, that may not always correct the issue. In these cases, you'll need to have the ducting and vents inspected in the room 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 allows the system to prevent frost build-up. In the event that your system doesn't have this setting, you'll need to manually clear away the frost buildup for your systems to work properly.

Blocked Filters

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

Faulty Pilot Light

In some older central heating systems, pilot lights are utilized. When these are not fully 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 professional at Cahill Heating Air Conditioning and Electric immediately to remedy the problem before it gets worse.

 
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