Now that we’ve had our first official snowstorm in Utah, a lot of homeowners are dealing furnace problems as they turn on the heater for the first time. Preparing for chilly weather is important if you’d like to avoid costly repair bills and freezing nights. Even though your furnace worked great last year, you might end up with some issues this year. Here are some of the most common winter heating problems to know about:
Does your heater turn on and off frequently? When the heater turns on and off a lot, it is called heat cycling. Heat cycling will lower the efficiency of your system and will have a direct impact on your utility costs. Yearly maintenance and inspection services can detect small issues that could lead to heat cycling and costly energy bills. Heat cycling is often caused from a dirty blower or a malfunctioning thermostat. Call HVAC Utah if you are dealing with heat cycling.
Carbon Monoxide Leaks
Dangerous gas known as carbon monoxide can easily leak into the home through a furnace. No matter how old your furnace system is, you could have a gas leak. One of the best ways to prevent this is to purchase carbon monoxide alarms to alert you in the event there is too much carbon monoxide in the home. Normally, we see gas leaks on 10-15 year old furnaces, but they can happen to any furnace. Gas leaks are one of the most important reasons why we recommend yearly inspections and furnace maintenance. If you smell any gas, turn off the gas immediately and call us.
The winter months will cause dry air, which dries out skin. If the dry air is uncomfortable, you can purchase a humidifier that will add water to the air. However, some homeowners do not like doing this and we can see other issues arise such as cracking woodwork and furniture due to dry air. The other downside to dry air is that it can reduce the efficiency of a heater. Dry air does not hols as much heat, so it forces a furnace to work harder.
Another issue you can face is when you have a home that is improperly heated. One room can be hot while another can be freezing. When you have inconsistent heating, it can indicate a problem with the insulation in your home or problems dealing with holes and cracks around the windows and doors. Check on the weather-stripping to find out if it is still intact, or if it needs to be replaced. Inconsistent heating could be related to a dirty filter or dirty coils.
Cold Air Blowing
Inefficient heating is a major problem, especially when you have high amounts of snow on your roof. You need a furnace that can keep up with the demands and keep your home warm.
Broken Pilot Light
We deal with issues dealing with pilot lights not staying lit. If you have a problem with your pilot light, you need to call our office. HVAC Utah specializes in all types of furnace systems and will be able to repair problems with broken pilot lights.
Don’t freeze this winter! Call HVAC Utah to schedule a HVAC maintenance or troubleshooting appointment today.