Most Common Winter HVAC Problems

As winter settles in, your trusty HVAC system becomes your best friend. But sometimes, even the best friendships hit a rough patch. That’s why we’re here with a helpful post about some common HVAC problems – from pilot light hiccups to frozen pipes and those notorious uneven heating issues. We’ll talk about how to spot these problems, how to prevent them, and how your Trusted TemperaturePro Techs can come to the rescue.

Furnace Issues: Spotting Them, and Fixing Them

While boilers and heat pumps are common heating systems, the most common around the northern region are furnaces. TemperaturePro services all kinds of heating systems, but here is a short list of issues potentially found within furnaces. 

Pilot Light Troubleshooting

Your pilot light is that small, steady blue flame you usually see in your furnace. If it’s flickering or gone out, you’ve got a problem on your hands. Here’s how to spot it:

  • No Heat: Your home is suddenly very cold, and your thermostat is set to a toasty 70°F. No warm air is reaching your home, making you reach for those fuzzy slippers and warm sweaters indoors.
  • Smell Gas: If you notice a faint smell of gas when your furnace should be working, it’s time to take action. 
  • Pilot Light Out: Peek through the tiny window on your furnace or refer to your owner’s manual to check if the pilot light is out. If it is, you’ve found the culprit.

Pilot Light Safety

Preventing pilot light or ignition problems is like preventive healthcare for your HVAC system. Here’s what you can do:

  • Regular Maintenance: Schedule an annual HVAC check-up with the pros at TemperaturePro. They’ll make sure your pilot light is shining bright and everything’s in tip-top shape.
  • Keep It Clean: Dust and debris can clog up the pilot light and cause it to flicker or go out. Keep the area around your furnace clean to prevent this.
  • Safety First: If you suspect a gas leak or your pilot light goes out frequently, don’t try to relight it yourself. Call TemperaturePro immediately for expert help.

Winter HVAC: Frozen Pipes Or Coils

Frozen pipes during the winter can cause damage to your home and to your heating system. There are preventative measures you can take yourself, and the TemperaturePro Experts can help handle the big stuff. 

How Do I Know If My Pipes Or Coils Are Frozen?

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, you might have frozen pipes. Keep an eye out for frost on the pipes as well. Inspect your pipes all around your home after an especially cold night. 

How To Fix Frozen Pipes

Insulate exposed pipes in unheated areas of your home, like the attic or basement. Check places like underneath your house, a basement, attic, and in and around your home. Let faucets slowly drip during freezing weather to keep water flowing and prevent a freeze. 

Uneven Heating Or Airflow

Is your home playing favorites when it comes to heating rooms? Some are toasty, while others feel like the Arctic? Here’s what to do:

  • Spotting Uneven Heating: If you notice certain rooms are consistently colder than others, or your thermostat is set to the same temperature but one room feels colder, you’re dealing with uneven heating. Notice which rooms are colder, which are warmer, and take a note to let your local TemperaturePro Techs know. 
  • Preventing Uneven Heating: Make sure your home is well-insulated and consider using space heaters or fans to help distribute warm air more evenly. A well-maintained HVAC system from TemperaturePro can also help balance things out. Our professional techs will come out, inspect your home, and offer a solution for any heating system that works the best for your home. Whether your heating system needs a repair, or a full replacement, we will make sure to get you back to feeling toasty and warm in your home. 

A Step-By-Step Guide To Weatherizing Your Home

When it comes to HVAC problems, you don’t have to brave the cold alone. TemperaturePro’s got your back. Our experts can diagnose and fix pilot light or ignition issues, prevent frozen pipes, and even out your home’s heating. So, if you find yourself in a chilly predicament this winter, give us a call, and we’ll have your home cozy and comfortable in no time.