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HVAC Woes That Old Man Winter Brings

Old Man Winter And His Grumpy Nature

Winter is a time to play around in the snow or have a cozy night indoors. Winter can be fun, but we all want to avoid freezing when the temperature drops.Thankfully, with properly installed HVAC systems, you can easily beat the winter chill and prevent freezing. However, sometimes old man winter can put up a fight and do a number on your HVAC system. Here are just some common HVAC problems you may run into this winter.

Dirty Filters

We all know spring cleaning is the best time to clean out all the clutter around your home, but there is no time like the present when it comes to your HVAC system. You may notice that your HVAC system is running a little sluggish. This could be caused by a dirty air filter, which can put a lot of strain on your HVAC system.

Often after running for a long time, your air filters will get clogged up with dirt and allergens. If you have not cleaned or replaced your air filters this year, they are likely the cause of your heating woes! Simply clean or replace your air filters every two to three months to make sure you can have an energy-efficient HVAC system.

Frozen Pipes And Coils

For homeowners with a heating system located outside their homes, they may run the risk of their heating system accumulating large amounts of frost build up. Excess frost can clog your heating coils and put a lot of strain on the machine. Higher frost build-up can also lead to an HVAC system not turning on or off properly and uneven heating across your home.

Luckily, you can run a defrost cycle on some heating systems to help get rid of frost build-up, as well as chipping away at some of the ice. Be careful when removing ice, as any sharp objects can easily damage the fins on your heating system.

Faulty Thermostat

We have seen many cases of homeowners puzzled thinking their HVAC system is busted when their thermostat is the culprit. It may not cross your mind to keep track of your thermostat, but a faulty thermostat can cause uneven heating, issues with powering on or off your HVAC system, and other problems that can run up your energy bill.

Regular cleaning can help avoid issues with your thermostat, but you will often need to call one of our pros to ensure none of the wires are damaged. We can also help you discover your options for newer model thermostats that can help track your energy usage and save you money on energy bills.

Furnace Woes

Depending on the type of furnace you own, you might run into the issue of a faulty pilot light. Sometimes there may not be significant structural damage to your furnace, and you can fix your pilot light issue with a simple cleaning. Try cleaning the thermocouple as excess dust build-up can interfere with the pilot light’s ability to stay on. Another issue with older furnaces or furnaces that have not been adequately maintained over the years is the potential of carbon monoxide leaking.

Carbon monoxide leaks are dangerous and should never be taken lightly. The best action you can take to avoid carbon monoxide dangers is to make sure your carbon monoxide detectors around your home are updated and in good condition. Remember, you cannot smell or see carbon monoxide, which can be fatal in high concentrations. On top of getting carbon monoxide detectors, make sure to regularly have your furnace maintenance to avoid any structural damage that could be dangerous for your home.

No matter the issue, when it comes to your home’s heating and cooling, we got you covered. At Comfort Experts Heating & Cooling we offer the best HVAC care around, thanks to our team of professionals. If you have any questions or need help with your HVAC, call (803) 525-0074, and we will be glad to help!