Did the last winter season trouble you a little too much inside your house? Then it’s time you double-check your HVAC system. If you’ve got a cold home, we’ve got a list of HVAC issues to watch for, so your house remains warm, and your system’s life prolongs. Begin from the top of this list and work your way down to check if any of these problems have been keeping you from having cozy rooms this winter season!
#1 Lack of Air Flow
One big reason why your HVAC might not be running smoothly is dirty air filters. Filters work hard to stop dirt, dust, pollen, microbes, and other gunk from entering your home. Filters need to be cleaned before they get a build-up and, in due course, restrict airflow and make your system work harder to warm up your home. Change out the filter every month and enjoy a comfortable temperature in your house.
#2 Ice Blockages In Pipes
If your system’s pipes and coils have become frozen, they may cease to work properly as well as cause major damage to your HVAC and house. This happens when your pipes are overexposed to cold, which can impact your water heaters and steam radiators, impeding water to flow through the pipes. What should you do in this situation? Consider insulation for your pipes to avoid significant damage to the system and disconnect outdoor garden hoses to prevent pressure build-up inside.
#3 Pilot Light Is Faulty
Some HVAC systems ignite fully only after the pilot light is switched on. This is another common winter problem when it comes to HVAC systems. The pilot light usually keeps burning at all times for easier access to heat. However, when it fails to burn brightly or doesn’t burn at all, you may experience chilly temperatures. In this case, turn off the furnace, boiler, or water heater and confirm whether the flame sensor is functional or not. If it isn’t, you may need to clean the sensor so that the light burns safely and steadily. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, contact an HVAC professional to replace the sensor for you.
#4 Carbon Monoxide Detector is Broken
The last but not least common winter HVAC problem is a silent and dangerous one. Carbon monoxide gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, making it hard to detect without a well-functioning carbon monoxide detector. If you think that you have carbon monoxide leaks in your home, get all of your family members and pets out and call an HVAC professional immediately to get your carbon monoxide levels checked and make the necessary repairs.
The best way to prevent these four common winter HVAC issues altogether is to keep a consistent and regular service schedule for your HVAC system. This helps your trusted technicians to catch even the minor problems that can lead to major breakdowns and ensures your system runs smoothly.
Call Mid Atlantic Heating & Air Conditioning for certified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) services and tips on how to care and prepare your heating system this season. Contact us today for heating and cooling services in Virginia.