Winter is almost here! Here in Nashville, we’ve already started experiencing colder weather, and you know snow and freezing temperatures are right around the corner. This means it’s time to get your home and appliances set up right for the change in season ahead.
Here at Airbusters, we’re all about ensuring our customers stay well-informed and on top of any potential threats to their HVAC system. Check out these common wintertime problems, then give us a call with any questions or concerns. We’re happy to help you out!
Frozen Pipes & Coils
The pipes and coils that keep your system running are more prone to freeze up in the wintertime once snow falls and temperatures drop. This can cause the system to cease functioning altogether (leaving you and your loved ones cold and uncomfortable), or it could even cause pipes to burst which is known to trigger lots of damage.
If this is a common issue for you, we may need to explore insulating options. In the end, we’re all about finding long-lasting solutions you can feel good about, so don’t hesitate to reach out!
A Broken Thermostat
If you feel like the temperature in your home isn’t matching your thermostat reading, it could be an issue with the thermostat itself. The good news here is that there’s likely nothing wrong with the HVAC system – just faulty wiring or damage within the thermostat itself.
In these cases, the device will need to be fixed up, cleaned, and likely calibrated. Or you might be better off replacing it altogether (in which case, upgrading to a programmable model may be your best bet).
Differing Temperatures Room-To-Room
Noticing heating inconsistencies from room to room? This is a frustrating scenario, as some family members find themselves freezing while others are sweating. In the end, everyone’s left unsatisfied with the temperature on the thermostat, and finding a good solution can feel impossible.
This is often a sign that there is something wrong with your HVAC system, in which case getting some professional insight is your next best step. It could be an issue with the blower motor, your ducts might be blocked or damaged, or maybe your air filter is too dirty. Regardless, getting the root of the issue is a must!
Note: Sometimes uneven airflow isn’t actually an HVAC issue. Before you give your technician a call, be sure to check for any cracks or gaps around your doors and windows. It could simply be that certain rooms aren’t sealed as well as others. You’ll also want to make sure your vents aren’t being blocked by furniture.
Dirty Air Filters
This is common in the wintertime, and can be simple enough to fix without the help of a technician. As your heater experiences more use, your filters may become clogged up with dust and dirt quicker than normal. This affects airflow and air quality, and it can result in less warmth for your home, too.
Be sure to stay vigilant and regularly check your filters to ensure they aren’t caked with debris. If they look rough, replace them right away!
Carbon Monoxide Leaks
Sometimes damage in your HVAC system can cause carbon monoxide leaks to occur. Other times, clogs in the vents block the carbon monoxide from exiting the house, leaving those inside vulnerable.
Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer” due to its colorless, odorless nature. It’s nearly impossible to detect, and often people will faint or pass out before ever realizing they’ve been breathing in these deadly fumes.
Because of this, investing in regular HVAC maintenance from a qualified team of experts is a must. It’s also imperative to have carbon monoxide detectors professionally installed in your home. These devices save countless lives every year!
Faulty Pilot Light
If your pilot light isn’t turning on when it’s supposed to, then there’s likely a problem with the flame sensor. This can lead to problems with heating, leaving homeowners cold, uncomfortable, and frustrated. Our experts can get things back to where they need to be.
Heat Cycling Too Frequently
If your heater is turning on and off way more often than what seems normal, you’ll want an expert out fast to figure out what’s causing problems. It could be a thermostat issue, a clogged filter, a problem somewhere within the venting system, or some combination of these issues.
Cycling heat too frequently can lead to energy waste and it puts a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system as a whole, which can lead to premature breakdowns and other issues.
Heat Pump Problems
If you rely on an exterior heat pump, cold and snowy days can trigger damage to these parts and lead to inefficiency. If yours doesn’t have a defrost feature, or if this setting isn’t working properly, your heat pump will ice over, then fail to do its job.
Get an expert on it now, so you’re good to go when temperatures drop!
Give Us a Call!
If you’re concerned about your heating needs this winter, don’t wait to give us a call. We’re here for you, and we’d be happy to help out with it all!
We look forward to speaking with you soon!