Common Heating Issues

As cold temperatures set in and running your heating system is part of your daily routine, you may find that the system isn’t working like you remember or as well as you would like it to. As temperatures continue to drop, now is the worst time to be without heat in your home! Here are some common issues that you may find with your heating system.

  • Heat Cycling
    • If your heater seems to be turning on and off more often than usual it may be heat cycling. Heat cycling can indicate that you have an excessively dirty filter or could be a result of a malfunctioning thermostat. If a filter replacement doesn’t seem to fix the problem or you notice that your thermostat is in fact broken contact us to take a look. We can easily pinpoint the problem and clean various areas of your heater that may need it. Heat cycling lowers your systems efficiency and raises your utility bill, so you want to make sure you have this looked at and fixed as soon as possible as temperatures only get colder throughout the season.
  • Carbon Monoxide Leaks
    • Carbon monoxide leaks are most common in older furnaces that are at least 10 to 15 years old, but even if your heater is brand new it is crucial that you install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Carbon monoxide leaks are not able to be detected by human senses alone and require the sensors of a detector to alert you to any danger. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tasteless and can be deadly. It is also good to have older furnaces inspected once they reach 10 years old. Always call a professional immediately if your detector alerts you of any carbon monoxide. We can find leaks and repair your systems before they become dangerous to you or your family.
  • Dry Air
    • If you are someone who lives with dry skin or is used to having dry skin seasonally, you know how uncomfortable it can be. When your home has a low amount of humidity, which is common with cold and dry air in the winter, your skin can easily dry out causing you discomfort. These low humidity levels can also affect other things in your home such as wood and antique furniture items. To remedy this, a humidifier can be installed in your HVAC system that can maintain moisture levels in your home and prevent winter dryness.
  • Heat Pump
    • If you have a heat pump, it is possible that the cold winter weather can put a strain on it and prevent it from working correctly. Heavy frost can form on your heat pump from condensation and freezing, this frost can keep your heat pump from functioning properly and make your home cold. Be sure that your heat pump is properly defrosting itself if it has those settings or clear the frost and ice yourself. If you have any questions about defrosting a heat pump call us!

Let A/C Master’s help with your winter heating needs. Call us at 757-898-2894 to schedule an appointment or for any questions you might have about heating your home in the winter. We also offer emergency heating repairs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Our emergency number is 757-847-5252 for heating or carbon monoxide leaks. ­­­­­

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