Before we know it, fall will turn into winter and it will be too late for home winterization prep. Before it’s too late, carve out some free time to get your home heating systems ready for the chilly weather by identifying common HVAC issues. Knowing about the common problems with home heating systems before they even happen can better equip you to deal with the issues as they come, rather than scrambling to find a service provider at the last minute. With winter just around the corner, here are some home common issued related to home heating systems.
First things first, just like any home system, heating systems need regular maintenance to run at their best. Without proper maintenance, homeowners can expect more issues than normal, such as higher energy bills, unexpected need for repairs or inadequate performance.
Clogged or dirty filters are a common issue with home heating systems. The good news is that this common issue is highly preventable. Filters should be replaced every month to ensure the system is running at peak performance. Failing to do so puts homeowners at risk of reduced airflow, which makes the heating system work overtime to compensate. It can also damage the limit switch, which controls the fan.
The thermostat is the device that controls the heating system, so if there’s an issue with the thermostat, the whole system is put at risk. Check to make sure the thermostat is working properly so you’re getting the correct temperature you set. Whether you have a smart thermostat or a traditional, any thermostat can develop issues or have glitches.
Lack of airflow or circulation can cause your heating system to overheat. Before winter arrives, check your system’s fan motors, belts and bearings. If any of these HVAC components are broken or need tune-up, the airflow within your home will be compromised.
Ignition or pilot controls are a key element of your home heating system. They provide power to the furnace blower, so if it’s not working properly, the whole system is compromised. Heating systems will usually have one of two types of ignition systems; hot surface ignition or intermittent pilot. As part of your winterization prep, check to make sure these systems are working before you need them.
Leaking ducts can result in an expensive energy bill, so it’s best to check for leaks before winter arrives. In the attic, feel to make sure there’s blowing air around the ductwork. If any leaks are discovered, seal them right away.
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