Look out for Your HVAC System this Winter

One really tends to worry about their HVAC system in the summer and winter. Although proper maintenance is important all year round, these are the two seasons you’re going to feel the problems in your home if there are any. Beware of these common issues many HVAC systems face in the wintertime.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes and coils are one of the most common wintertime problems an HVAC system faces. In some cases, a frozen pipe can even burst. In order to avoid frozen pipes, keep your home’s temperature at 68 degrees or above during the wintertime, even if you plan on leaving your home for a bit. Also, be sure to open up the cabinets below sinks to increase air circulation. If there’s an evening where extreme temperature drops are predicted, you might be advised to let your faucets drip.

Uneven Heating From Room to Room

Sometimes this problem doesn’t even have to do with your HVAC system. Check rooms for drafts around their windows and under doorways, especially if they lead to the outside. Recognizing draft problems can lead to a few easy fixes.

Other times this heating issue occurs is due to a dirty air filter or coil. Schedule routine inspections with an HVAC professional in order to ensure that your system is clean so it functions properly when you need it to.

Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Carbon monoxide leaks and poisonings are common in the wintertime, peaking in December and January. This is because many leaks are due to an old, cracked heating system. The risk of these leaks is especially scary carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas that gives people symptoms that are easily written off as something else until it’s too late. In order to prevent a leak, have an HVAC professional inspect your system to make sure it’s operating correctly and install a carbon monoxide detector for your safety.

An Issue with the Pilot Light

It’s sure to be cold in your home if your pilot light isn’t burning brightly… or at all. Many times the flame sensor is either damaged or dirty. Take time to clean the sensor in order to make sure it’s burning and detected by your home’s heater. If you notice greater issues, contact a professional.