4 Winter HVAC Problems that Plague Homeowners

Advice on common HVAC issues that you might face during the cold winter months and how to avoid or repair them!

The days have gotten a lot shorter; the nights are a little colder. As we prepare for the holiday season, we all have a lot on our mind – but one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is your HVAC system.

The cold weather can often wreak havoc on a homeowner, from leaky roofs and basements, to that irritating problem of scraping ice off your front walk.

But as you consider all the ways you’ll need to winterize your home, don’t forget to look out for a few common HVAC problems that homeowners can have in the winter.

Frozen pipes or frozen coils

Hot water heaters and radiators use water to generate heat and steam; which means that, if that water freezes, you’re in for an awfully chilly morning!

The best thing to do is to prevent frozen pipes, but if you do find that your pipes have frozen, shut off the water and examine the pipes for areas where ice may have accumulated. Ice on the outside of your pipe might indicate a leak – and that’s when you’ll need to give your local HVAC professional a call. 

Broken thermostat

A broken HVAC thermostat is a hassle, especially in the middle of winter. If you have a faulty thermostat, the best thing to do is to call an HVAC professional so they can repair or replace it right away.

Clogged HVAC filter

As you run your heater more and more during the colder months, the filters tend to get dirty at a faster rate. If you’re not cleaning those dirty filters regularly, this can affect your furnace efficiency and heat pump efficiency.

Pilot light problems

Gas furnaces or propane furnaces will not heat your house unless the pilot light  or ignitor is functioning properly. . If you’re struggling to keep the furnace firing , you may have a problem with the ignition control assembly. . This may be an issue for your local HVAC company to examine, so give them a call if you have any concerns!

Taylor Heating and A/C is a family owned business serving Pierce County, King County, and most of the South Sound area. Give us a call today if you need help preparing your HVAC system for winter or need HVAC repair!

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