5 Common HVAC Problems During the Winter Months

Posted On: February 10, 2022

heating bills rise in the winterWe’ve made it through the first month of 2022, and winter is still here to stay! During these frigid Richmond months, the low temperatures bring special challenges for keeping your home warm and your family comfortable. Certain HVAC issues occur specifically in winter that you should be aware of and look out for.

Some Rooms Are Colder Than Others

If you notice some of the rooms in your home stay noticeably colder than others, you might have an issue with your heating system. This could mean the blower motor is not doing its job properly, or you might have a dirty filter, but it’s best to call an HVAC professional to ensure the root of the issue is located and resolved safely and properly.

Drains or Exhaust Frozen

If it’s close to or below freezing, water inside pipes and coils can freeze quickly. This can cause issues with the heating system, leaving your home cold and uncomfortable. Many people think only air conditioners drain water. Some higher-efficiency furnaces have a drain going outside. When it’s cold or icy, these pipes can freeze, and the heat will cut off.

If your thermostat has gone blank, you may have a frozen drain line. Check outside to see if any drains or exhaust pipes look frozen. If you have trouble, we can help.

Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Most homeowners want to do everything they can to keep their homes safe and comfortable. Many older furnaces can develop cracks that can release CO2 into the duct system. Carbon monoxide is odorless and cannot be detected with the senses. ALWAYS have a CO2 detector in your home if you have gas appliances.

Carbon monoxide can also leak if you have a problem with your exhaust pipe. It’s always best to have annual maintenance to inspect these issues and/or replace old furnaces proactively. If your carbon monoxide detector is sounding the alarm, exit the home immediately.

Pilot Light Won’t Ignite

Many heating systems that run on gas or propane require a pilot light to ignite and function properly. Not every pilot light setup is the same. Some lights run constantly on the system to heat your home, and some only turn on when the system starts up.

If you notice your pilot light not lighting, the flame sensor may be dirty or damaged, or you could have an issue with the gas supply. Call one of our technicians to come out, inspect, and ensure your heating system is working properly and efficiently.

If you notice any of these issues, it’s best to call Short Pump Heating & Air to inspect if a repair is needed or perform an annual HVAC clean and check.

Call 804-364-9040 today, and we’ll solve all your winter HVAC problems!

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