Before you crank up the heat, you need to make sure that your HVAC system has not been plagued by some of the common winter problems that the system can go through. These problems can make it tough to properly heat your house.
Here are some of the common problems HVAC systems can experience during the winter time.
Low temperatures make it possible for ice to accumulate around HVAC pipes. Ice can freeze over pipes or coils and can prevent your HVAC system from functioning properly. Hydronic systems such as hot water heaters and steam radiators can stop functioning completely due to cold temperatures because the water within the pipes can freeze and stop flowing. In some instances, the pipes can even burst because water expands when frozen and the pipes cannot contain the frozen water.
If your pipes are frozen, you need to turn off your water and call an HVAC professional to come and fix the problem immediately.
Carbon Monoxide Leaks
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that can be hard to detect because it is colorless and odorless. During the winter months, leaks can happen because of a cracked heat exchanger in the heater, the heater itself is cracked and rusted, or your home has inadequate ventilation that prevents the gas from exiting the house. Make sure you get your heating system inspected by a professional to make sure it is in tip top shape for winter.
Dirty Heater Filters
Filters in heaters can become clogged with dust, dirt, and other types of debris when they become overused. This blockage results in decreased airflow and can make it difficult to effectively warm your home. If you feel that there is less air circulating around your home, check if the filters need to be changed.
Uneven Air Flow and Temperature
During the winter, it can be frustrating to find out that some rooms in your house are cold and some are warm. Ideally, you would want all the rooms in your house to be warm and cozy during winter. A lot of uneven air flow problems can be the result of faulty HVAC filters or parts, or your house may have structural issues such as holes or cracks that is causing this problem. It would be wise to check that your HVAC systems are in perfect working condition and that the structure of your home is prepared for winter as well.
Broken Heat Pump
Some homes use heat pumps that are located outside the house for warmth. Often times, chilly winds and snowfalls can damage the HVAC equipment outside. During the winter, heat pumps may not be able to defrost completely and will cause the heat pumps to not function properly. Other reasons why a heat pump may not function properly in the winter is because the fan motors are damaged or the coils are blocked.
Your thermostat plays a crucial role when it comes to regulating how hot or how cool you want your home to be. Sometimes your HVAC system may not work properly because your thermostat has faulty wiring or could be calibrated incorrectly. Having a professional come in to check and see if your thermostat is functioning properly can help avoid a lot of problems in the winter.
HVAC systems are crucial for your home. An HVAC system that is functioning properly can help transform your home into a safe haven from the cold weather. Some of the problems HVAC systems experience due to cold weather can get in the way of that. This is why it is important to have a professional inspect and keep your HVAC system up-to-date.