As we prepare for the winter, it’s important to understand possible issues that may arise with our HVAC units. If you’re a homeowner, here are 5 common HVAC problems that you may experience during the winter.
As it gets colder, ice can accumulate and cause parts of your HVAC unit like pipes and coils to freeze up. This may not seem like a huge deal, but if your pipes freeze, it can cause other issues like failing hydronic systems (hot water heaters). If you leave your pipes frozen for too long, the heat in your home will no longer function properly, making for a very uncomfortable experience with low outside temperatures.
Uneven Air Flow & Temperature
Have you ever had one room of the house that was cool and comfortable and another that felt like a sauna? It can be quite annoying, especially given that your air conditioner is working in some capacity if it is cooling off one room, so why not all? When this happens, there’s a chance that your vents and ducts need to be cleared of debris by a professional. Unfortunately, this isn’t always an HVAC-related issue. It can also be caused by holes around doorways and windows.
Malfunctioning Heat Pump
If your home uses exterior heat pumps to warm the home, you could, unfortunately, experience a malfunction if there is frost build-up from snow. It’s important to always ensure that your exterior heat pump has a defrost setting so it can melt away frost and prevent coils and fan motors from being blocked. If you don’t think the defrost setting is working, you’ll have to manually remove the frost. We recommend getting a professional to do this to prevent further damage.
Dirty Heater Filters
Over time, heaters can suffer from overuse. When a heater is overused, debris can form and cause a blockage of airflow. When a professional comes to assess, they will take a look at the motor and fans to make sure they’re working as intended, clear away anything blocking airflow, replace your filter if it’s bent or broken, and look around to see if there is anything else causing an issue.
From time to time, the issue truly is just the thermostat. Whether it be incorrect wiring or something more difficult to treat. A professional will help with re-wiring, and if that doesn’t solve the issues, install a new, working, thermostat and calibrate it to the heater.
Service Tech Can Help
If you think you’re experiencing any of the above issues, or if you’d like to get ahead before they happen, contact the professionals at Service Tech. We would love to help you have a comfortable winter so that you can enjoy what matters most this holiday season.