The winter months can be cold, even in the desert of Southern Utah, and you want your home and family to be kept warm by a well-functioning HVAC system. However, the winter season is also when issues commonly arise with heaters since they’re powered on after a long stretch of disuse. Below are a few common problems and potential causes behind them.
Dirty filters restrict the amount of air that can travel through your HVAC system and will cause it to become less efficient over time. At a minimum, you should exchange your filters for clean ones once every three months—more frequently if you have pets or allergies.
Modern furnace systems usually have either a pilot light or hot surface ignition system, which needs to stay lighted for the furnace to function properly. If you have a pilot light system, your manual may have instructions for how to relight it. Otherwise, you’ll want to call an HVAC technician.
Air leaks in your vents or ducts are more difficult to pinpoint than water leaks from pipes, but they can cause serious problems with your HVAC system’s efficiency. If you can, walk along the ducts in your attic and feel for any blowing air. If you find any leaks, seal them to prevent further heat loss.
It’s natural to expect your heating bills to go up slightly in the colder months as a result of increased usage. If your energy bill is significantly higher than expected, though, it could be a sign that something’s going wrong with your heating system and causing it to work much harder than it should be.
A system that isn’t blowing enough warm air could have some underlying problems, ranging from clogged filters to failing fan motors or belts and more. Having a qualified HVAC professional perform regular maintenance is the best way to keep your system up to date and to identify any minor issues before they become large ones.
If your furnace isn’t heating properly, there’s a chance the issue actually lies with your thermostat. Do a quick check to be sure the batteries aren’t dead, the settings aren’t programmed incorrectly, and there aren’t any other problems with the actual thermostat device.
If your heating system won’t turn on at all, you’ll first want to be sure that the system is receiving power and a breaker isn’t tripped. From there, check that the blower compartment door is closed and that the issue isn’t with the thermostat before calling a professional.
A burning smell when you turn on your heater isn’t a good sign. If this occurs during the first hour or so of the season, it’s likely nothing to worry about. But if it continues beyond then or occurs mid-season, it may signify issues such as dirty filters, an overheated motor, or electrical concerns.
If you’re experiencing cool or cold spots throughout your house, it may be an indication that your heating system is too big, too small, or just not a good fit for your home. It may also be a result of poor insulation, damaged or failing components, or other issues. An HVAC professional can work with you to identify and fix the issue.
If you need heater maintenance or repair services, the professional technician at A-1 Services, Inc. can help. A-1 Services, Inc. is located in St. George and has provided residents of Southern Utah and Mesquite, Nevada, with professional heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical services since 1976. Contact us today to learn more or request a free quote.