4 Common Winter HVAC Problems

Heating problems in the winter are more than just an inconvenience; they can make a home downright intolerable. Here are 4 common winter HVAC problems and what to do about them:

Sudden Heat Loss

When there’s no loss of power in the home but the furnace suddenly quits, check the circuit breakers to verify if a breaker has tripped. If that is not the case, there could be an electrical or thermostat issue, or the pilot light may have gone out. These are repairs best left to a professional. Call your local Kennesaw HVAC repair company to identify what is causing the loss of function.

Cold Rooms

If some rooms fail to stay warm despite a working furnace, there are two possible problems. The first is a draft issue. A lack of insulation, poorly sealed windows, and ill-fitting doors could all contribute to a major loss of heat. If these are areas of concern, get an energy audit performed on your home to identify the sources of heat loss and procure potential solutions.

If drafts aren’t the culprit, then chilly rooms are likely due to an air flow problem. Adjusting the vents may be enough to fix the issue. Also, check that the air filter isn’t dirty. If the problem persists, call your local HVAC specialist who can replace dirty coils, verify the fan is working properly, and check that the ductwork is clear and in good working condition.

Cycling Heat

A furnace that continually cycles off and on could be caused by a malfunctioning thermostat. Replacing the thermostat is all that is needed to resolve this issue.

Another reason for cycling heat is a malfunction within the furnace itself. When the components heat up too quickly due to a lack of air flow, the furnace’s emergency stop system is activated. Try changing the air filter to see if this corrects the problem. If not, call an HVAC professional to inspect the furnace and determine what could be obstructing the air flow.  

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is known as “the silent killer” as it is a deadly gas that is hard to detect. The gas is emitted through cracks in a rusted heat exchanger. If your gas furnace is older than 10 years, it is advisable to have a yearly inspection to ascertain that there isn’t a carbon monoxide leak. It is also recommended to have a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home regardless of the age of your furnace.

Having a well-maintained HVAC system in your home is essential for energy efficiency, cost savings, and, most importantly, the safety of your family.  If any potential issues are suspected, call your local HVAC repair company to do an inspection and address any potential deficiencies so that you can stay warm and cozy all winter.