As winter approaches, it is important to start thinking about getting ready for the cold weather and preparing your furnace for heating season. Temperatures can get down into 20s and 30s in winter in Wilmington, so if you don’t want to get left out in the cold, you’ll want to avoid these common winter HVAC issues.

How to Avoid Common Winter Heating Issues

Here are some of the most common heating issues and how to avoid them this winter:

Heat Cycling

If you notice that your heating system is constantly cycling on and off, this may be a sign of a problem. It could either be a malfunctioning heater component or a faulty thermostat. Call your HVAC technician if you notice heat cycling as failing to fix this problem can lead to even more costly issues as well as increased utility bills.

Lack of Heat

If you are experiencing a sudden loss of heat or your home just doesn’t seem to reach the temperature you have set on your thermostat, this may be a sign of a malfunctioning HVAC system or broken thermostat. The best way to avoid this issue is to test your heater before you are ready to turn it on for the season. You should also have your annual furnace tune-up in the fall to ensure that your system is working properly. If you still experience issues, call a professional as it may be a complex heating issue.

Increasing Heat Bills

One of the most common HVAC issues that homeowners experience during the winter is a spike in utility bills. If you notice that your heating bills are higher than last year, this could be do to an issue with your heating system. A malfunctioning or dirty component can cause your heating system to work harder than it should to heat your home, causing a sudden increase in heating bills. This issue may also be a thermostat problem, so homeowners may want to troubleshoot their thermostat before calling in an HVAC technician.

Inconsistent Room Temperatures

Homeowners often report experiencing inconsistent room temperatures in their home. This can make it difficult for you and your family to get comfortable, especially as temperatures start to drop. This may be due to a draft problem, which you can fix by sealing any leaky windows or doors and replacing damaged insulation. However, this issue can also be due to unbalanced airflow, which can often be resolved by manually adjusting the air vents. If this does not work, it could also be due to dirty coils or filters. Ask your HVAC technician to inspect and clean these components during your winter tune-up.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a serious risk to homeowners. This odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas can be deadly to you and your family. If you have an older gas furnace, you may be at increased risk for carbon monoxide leaks. This gas leaks through tiny cracks in the heat exchange that can often be difficult to see and find on your own. The best way to avoid carbon monoxide issues is to install a carbon monoxide detector. You should also have your HVAC technician inspect your system for carbon monoxide leaks when you get your annual furnace tune-up.

Need help handling one of these common heating issues? William G Day Company is here to help you with all of your heating needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a trained HVAC technician.

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