Common Heating System Issues
Don’t let heating system issues disguise themselves as minor inconveniences. These “small” issues have a habit of sneaking up on you and striking when you least expect it, and when they strike, they can leave you without warmth in the middle of winter.
Is your heating system ready for cold weather? Review this checklist with your HVAC professional before Old Man Winter knocks on your door!
- Check your air filter. A dirty filter can cause a multitude of problems.
- Examine heating ducts—this includes exploring the crawl spaces.
- Check your thermostat to be sure it is working properly. Programmable thermostats are more energy efficient
- When was your last HVAC maintenance? If you didn’t have it evaluated by a professional, schedule an appointment today.
- Check your house vents. If the vents in your home aren’t allowing adequate air flow, your HVAC system will have to work overtime to keep your home cozy.
- Remove anything flammable away from the furnace / water heater. This should go without saying, but it’s always better to be safe.
- Clean your outdoor unit. You don’t want debris to interfere with HVAC efficiency.
- Check to be sure your outdoor heat pump is “grounded”—meaning that you should ensure the ground beneath it hasn’t shifted or softened, causing the unit to tilt slightly or sink.
Often, some of the most common HVAC issues can be easily resolved. Know what’s even easier? Calling your service representative who will go through an extensive checklist to ensure nothing has been overlooked. Remember, it’s important to schedule an appointment to clean your system early, before winter arrives. It’s not unusual for service technicians to have 60 calls a day in the winter season. While your service provider should always have technicians ready to respond to respond to an emergency, it’s best to avoid the potential wait time in the busy season.
Consistent HVAC Problems?
If you’ve had consistent problems every season with your heating and air conditioning, it may be time to consider a replacement. You may need a bigger HVAC system to keep your home at the “just right” temperature.
Regular maintenance saves energy. If you’re looking for example, consider these two facts:
- Damaged valves and clogged nozzles can increase your energy consumption by 3 percent.
- Simply correcting a simple thermostat control problem can lead to a 40 percent savings on your bill!