Winter weather is slowly rolling in, which unfortunately for many, can mean HVAC problems may surface. With a push of a button, you can turn your heat on – but before doing so, it’s important to know what HVAC problems are common when the temperatures change so you’re prepared for anything! To help you avoid stress this winter season, we’ve gathered the most common winter HVAC problems:
Do you notice that the airflow and temperature in your house are uneven depending on the room you’re in? If so, then you may be dealing with an airflow issue. One of the most common causes of uneven airflow is clogged or dirty air filters. We recommend inspecting and changing out your air filters monthly – this simple and cheap act can prevent you from putting unnecessary strain on your system and help it run as efficiently as possible.
If you have a gas heating unit, another issue you need to keep an eye out for is a failed or broken pilot light. Your pilot light provides the spark that allows your system to ignite when you turn on your thermostat. A broken or failed pilot light keeps your system from turning on and will lead to you dealing with unexpectedly cold temperatures throughout your home. If you’re dealing with a faulty pilot light, contact a professional as soon as possible. An HVAC professional is equipped with the right tools and expertise to repair your pilot light quickly.
If you turn on your heater for the winter and notice that your system is cycling on and off, this may be due to a problem with your thermostat. Your thermostat may have bad wiring or another malfunction preventing it from functioning properly which can cause your furnace or heat pumps to run more often than they should. Routine maintenance twice a year is the best way to ensure that your system is running efficiently and you aren’t wasting unnecessary money on your utility bills.
Due to the mild temperatures in Texas, many homes have a heat pump. While most modern systems will have a defrost mode when the temperatures drop, if you have an older system or this feature fails during your time of need, you could end up with a frozen or malfunctioning heat pump. Other issues that may cause problems for you include coil blockages and/or broken fan motors.
Like it or not, winter is coming! Learning these common HVAC problems in the winter will help you stay prepared and prevent issues further down the line. If you’re already having trouble with your HVAC system or want to schedule a routine maintenance appointment, feel free to give us a call!