While the cold weather of the winter season has proven to help people get a better night’s sleep, improve brain function, and build a stronger immune system, it is also the season that is more likely to cause issues for your HVAC system. The cold winter wind forces your HVAC system to work harder, so be prepared as the additional wear and tear can affect it’s productivity.

5 Common HVAC Problems During Winter

Below we will highlight some of the more common HVAC issues that can arise during the winter.

Frozen Pipes and Coils

The cold winter temperature can freeze water inside the exterior pipes and coils of your system. In fact, freezing is one of the leading causes of damaged pipes and coils. An issue with your pipes and coils will hinder your HVAC system from functioning properly, leaving you cold and uncomfortable inside your home. Frozen pipes and coils require immediate repairs. Before you schedule an HVAC maintenance, turn off water into the house to prevent any damage and call an HVAC professional.

Uneven Temperature Throughout the House

Uneven temperatures from one room in your home to another can be an indication of an issue with your HVAC system. You should schedule your regular HVAC maintenance to help fix this problem. Calling an HVAC maintenance professional to inspect your system is your best course of action. You may actually have a leak in your duct-work.

Unresponsive Heat Pump

Heat pumps have a high risk of malfunctioning in cold temperatures. The cold weather causes the fans inside your outdoor unit to frost, and without heat, might remain frozen thus causing it to stop working altogether. This can cause major discomfort for residents. To tackle such a problem, make sure you hire a professional HVAC company for HVAC maintenance to defrost the outside unit.

Faulty Thermostat

Thermostats automatically regulate the heating system, taking the burden off our hands. However, thermostats can break down, causing improper regulation. This will affect how our heating systems work. The issue may be as simple as needing a battery replacement, or even a simple recalibration. If you find your older thermostat isn’t quite doing the job right, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat which allows you to set daily schedules and monitor temperatures remotely.

Dirty Air Filters

Dirty air filters are arguably the most common cause of airflow issues. Air filters are necessary for keeping dirt from entering your heating unit, however, a clogged air filter will result in a malfunctioning heating system or worse, a damaged system. To avoid such disaster, make sure to replace your filters regularly. Replacing your filters monthly is the best way to ensure there is nothing hindering the air flow into your HVAC system.

Having a professional HVAC specialist inspect and tune-up your system seasonally (Summer and Winter) will assist in keeping your system running optimally and virtually eliminate the possibility of unforeseen breakdowns in your HVAC system. A trusted HVAC technician from DeMarco Mechanical Service would be happy to assist with your GTA residential and commercial HVAC repair and maintenance needs. Call today 416-820-9155.