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5 Common HVAC Problems During Winter

December 19th, 2019 by cverdone

Broken Heater

The winter weather brings freezing temperatures, and it can wreak havoc on your heating and air conditioning system. Everybody wants to come to a toasty, warm home. However, many people don’t give their HVAC system a second thought until it causes them problems. Included are some of the most common heating and cooling problems that occur during the winter season.

The Five Most Common Winter Heating and Cooling Problems

1. Carbon Monoxide Leaks

You want to keep your home safe and comfortable during the winter, and the dangers of carbon monoxide are one of the most concerns homeowners have. The problem with this poisonous gas is that it’s virtually impossible to distinguish because it is both odorless and tasteless. We often find these leaks in cracked or rusted heaters, or they happen from a cracked heat exchanger within the heater.

2. Uneven Air Flow & Temperature

It’s frustrating when certain rooms of your home are colder than others. Uneven airflow is not usually a problem with your unit, but most likely, it’s caused by vent and duct issues. They could have debris in them, they could have developed holes, or they have become unattached from the main. Also, be sure to check for any drafty areas around windows and doors as they can affect the temperature of a room.

3. Malfunctioning Heat Pump

Heat pumps are located on the exterior of the home. Snow and ice can cause damage to the system, and if damaged, it will not perform properly. The fan motor or coils can become blocked, which will result in the unit malfunctioning. The last thing you want to deal with in the winter is a down unit and the possibility of a compressor blowing.

4. Dirty Heater Filters

During the winter season, heaters are used continuously. It’s easy to see how a filter can become clogged with dirt and other debris. When the filter becomes so clogged that the airflow is blocked, it can reduce the HVAC systems heating capacity. Less air circulating through the home will cause your unit to struggle to keep up with the temperature you desire, and it will increase your utility bill. You don’t need an HVAC professional to tell you that you must change your air filter often, especially during prime season.

5. Faulty Pilot Light

Pilot light issues are common in a gas furnace. Many different things can cause an unruly pilot light, but the most common cause is a damaged flame sensor. Many heating systems keep a blue flame burning continuously that ignites the furnace. When this flame isn’t bright or doesn’t burn at all, then your HVAC system won’t work. Constant pilot light problems can be a sign of significant issues that must be addressed.

Call Us Today

Are you having issues with your furnace and need an HVAC Professional to check things out? From faulty pilot lights to uneven airflow, Thornton Heating and Cooling can evaluate your system and see what needs to be done to make your system more efficient. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a qualified professional to assess your equipment.