The cold winds of winter bring special challenges for keeping your home warm and comfortable. Certain HVAC problems occur almost exclusively due to the cold weather. Here are some common HVAC issues you may face this winter.
#1 Pipes and Coils Freeze
Cold temperatures can freeze water inside pipes and coils. This prevents the heating system from working properly, leaving the house cold and uncomfortable. What’s worse, the frozen water can expand, causing the pipe or coil to burst. That’s an expensive emergency repair.
#2 Some Rooms Are Colder Than Others
You find that some rooms in your home are noticeably colder than others. The blower motor on the heating system may not be doing its job properly. You may have a dirty air filter that’s preventing the system from heating efficiently. It may not be the heating system at all. You may have air leaks around doors and windows letting cold air in. Or the insulation may not thick enough. So you may need an HVAC professional to find the problem for you.
#3 Air Filters Get Dirty
When the filter becomes clogged, air cannot flow freely. This causes the heating system to work harder. This leads to the system overheating and shutting down prematurely. Check your filters at least once a month. Replace or clean them as needed to keep the air flowing freely.
#4 Thermostats problem
If the thermostat isn’t working properly, the heating system won’t work as expected. The thermostat may need to be cleaned and calibrated. Or it may need to be replaced. If you need to replace the thermostat, it’s a good time to upgrade to a programmable model.
#5 Pilot Light Won’t Ignite
If the pilot light isn’t turning on, the flame sensor may be dirty or damaged. A heating pro can clean or replace it as needed.