Winter aka the time to start the heating part of your HVAC system – after a long-long time. And any machine that has been out of use and left to its own devices for well over a season requires some key knowledge and care before you put it back in use.
Let’s see some usual HVAC problems that become probable in colder months –
Your HVAC system has been running the whole summer. No wonder the filters are full of dust and dirt by now. Make sure you check these filters every month and get them changed in every other month. Ideally, you should always buy a couple more filters in advance and keep them around.
Lower temperatures can cause freezing of accumulation and ice within the pipes, coils, and ventilation units. Blocking the air or water flow, and hence, the proper functioning of the whole system. Sometimes, if left untreated and unintended, pipes can even burst from freezing and skyrocket the cost in manifolds.
Malfunctioning heat pump
Heat pumps have to deal with their own set of problems that come during winter. Especially if you have an outside one. Other than the lower efficiency at cold temperatures, many pumps fail to defrost at a given time. Make sure your heat pump has inbuilt and automatic and working defrost settings. If not, call in a professional or do manual defrost from time to time.
A broken thermostat will not only cause havoc to your electricity bill – but also cause unfavorable atmosphere and conditions within the premises. More often than not – these thermostats have electrical and digital problems rather than mechanical problems.
Try to change and reprogram your device first. You can consult the owner’s manual or look up the exact steps for your given model online. However, if you run into any problems or if it still doesn’t work, give us a shout if it doesn’t work. Our HVAC experts will be happy to help you out.
Carbon monoxide leaks
It’s less about the functioning of your HVAC System and more about the safety of your home and those who live within it. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is used in the HVAC heating systems and is extremely hard to detect manually. It’s odorless, colorless, tasteless, and invisible. There is almost no way to detect it in the case of a leak.
Inspect the furnace and heat exchanger for any wear or tear or malfunctioning defect. And make sure it’s 100% use to continue with its current state. In case of any doubts, call in a professional as soon as possible.
In the end, do remember the fact that these are only a few common problems that are likely to surface in the months of winter. It’s better to conduct a professional inspection to make sure everything is working fine and up to the mark. You can end up spending a lot less on the maintenance and repair costs.
Enjoy the winters.