With the cold weather we get here in Canada, you’re bound to experience an issue with your heating system at one time or another. We’ve listed 5 of the most common winter HVAC problems our customers have, along with some solutions and prevention tips. We hope this list helps you handle your heating-related problem without panic this season.
1. Frozen Pipes
Nobody wants to be in this icy situation! Frozen pipes can be a nightmare, risking burst pipes and a costly HVAC emergency. But, if you do encounter this problem mid-winter, call Fahrhall and we’ll get it fixed quickly.
You can also take steps to prevent frozen pipes:
- Keep your thermostat above 60 degrees F / 16 degrees C.
- Open cabinets to let the heat warm the pipes.
- Drain the water line and shut off the water to outdoor taps.
2. Uneven Heating
A common complaint homeowners have is uneven heating. If some rooms or areas of your home feel warmer while other spots are cold, you might have issues with ductwork, vents, or even the insulation in your home. Again, just give Fahrhall a call and we’ll be there to investigate the issue.
Do your part to prevent/correct uneven heating:
- Prioritize HVAC maintenance.
- Regularly change your filter.
- Keep all vents and registers open and unblocked.
3. Poor Airflow
Another common problem is reduced or poor airflow, which makes your system work harder. This, in turn, causes extra wear and tear to your HVAC equipment. Poor airflow is often caused by a dirty or clogged air filter, blocked vents, or issues with your ductwork. A professional HVAC technician can assess the situation and make the necessary repairs.
How to prevent poor airflow:
- Change air filters according to recommendations.
- Ensure vents aren’t blocked and can blow air freely.
- Have your ducts cleaned and inspected regularly.
4. Thermostat Issues
A lot of the time, what people think are issues with their heating system are actually problems with the thermostat. If the thermostat can’t properly communicate with the furnace, it can result in improper heating and inconsistent temperatures. If your thermostat has fresh batteries, it may require a call to the pros for a checkup and re-calibration.
Help prevent or resolve thermostat problems by:
- Checking and changing batteries as required.
- Setting the function to “HEAT”.
- Maintaining a consistent temperature setting as much as possible.
5. Heat Pump Problems
We also see problems with heat pumps. As versatile and innovative as these machines are, they have their problems too. Whether it’s low refrigerant, blocked coils, dirty filters, thermostat troubles or malfunctioning starter capacitors, Fahrhall can help with all your heat pump issues. Since these are intricate systems, it’s best to leave the troubleshooting to the experts.
Keep your heat pump working properly by:
- Scheduling proper maintenance.
- Clearing away obstructions (ice and snow) from the outside unit.
- Maintaining a consistent temperature.
Solve All Your Winter HVAC Problems
These are just 5 of the most common winter HVAC problems we see. Whatever problem you’re experiencing, get in touch with us and we’ll send one of our experienced technicians to your home to investigate, diagnose and repair the matter promptly. Whether it’s a gas furnace, a heat pump, or a boiler, Fahrhall will get the job done and get your heating system back to doing its job.
If you experience HVAC problems this winter, call Fahrhall!
Fahrhall has been proudly serving the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions since 1967. We are committed to providing our customers and our community with reliable service and quality equipment.