The crisp, cool air of October is much more than a break from the oppressive summer humidity; it’s also a reminder that Halloween is coming! October is a good time to remember that spooky tales aren’t just for the campfire. A frightening monster may be lurking around the back of your house, one that will give you quite a chill. This fall, pay close attention to these four alarming tales of “monsters” that can damage your heating system and leave you out in the cold this winter:
If the filter is dirty, it doesn’t matter how well your heating system is working. Clogged filters not only make it difficult to get the temperature just right, but they also hamper the airflow. When the system isn’t running at maximum efficiency, it spells disaster on cold winter nights and affects your heating bill. While you may not be thinking of air conditioning when it’s snowing outside, realize that this restricted airflow can also cause the evaporator coil to freeze—meaning your air conditioning system may be damaged as well. If the evaporator coil has frozen, and you turn on your heat pump when the coil is “defrosted,” serious water damage can occur.
Dirty condenser cells can also wreak havoc on your system. These coils are located outside the house and need to be cleaned yearly.
The Corrosion Creature
Remember middle school science class? When water consistently contacts metal, corrosion is possible. Systems should be cleaned to ensure there’s no debris that will increase the corrosion risk. The most common corrosion symptom sounds like something from a horror movie: a black, muddy sludge that deposits itself within your heating system. This problem is easily avoided by working with a reputable HVAC dealer that takes steps to ensure the system is properly installed and corrosion inhibitors are in place.
Batty Blown Fuses
Breakers automatically turn off to keep the HVAC from overheating. While a blown fuse may seem like a simple matter of resetting and flipping a switch, it’s often a sign of a larger problem. Don’t take chances. Leave it to the professionals.
The Monster of Forgotten Maintenance
It’s a cliché, but it’s true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s always a good idea to schedule a regular maintenance visit before you’re in the middle of freezing temperatures. Speak with your heating and air conditioning representative who can tailor a plan according to your needs. Doing so will not only save you a lot of frustration, but in the long run, it will save money. HVAC dealers, such as Allen Kelly and Company, offer maintenance packages and even efficiency guarantees. (click here for details).
There’s no reason keeping your HVAC system running smoothly should be a scary experience. These little details can easily be overlooked, but just a bit of due diligence can make a big difference in your wallet and keep your home “just right.”
Betcha didn’t know that!