Common HVAC Problems During The Winter and Spring Months
Living here in Colorado, you may be asking yourself, why is Better Built Heating and Cooling writing about Common HVAC Problems During Winter?
In Colorado, unlike a lot of the country where Spring begins in March, we can receive snow into May. We will see temperatures below freezing, still using our fireplaces, furnaces and bundling up before going outside.
Because of the extreme temperatures of Colorado your HVAC system might experience some problems. Learn about some of the common reasons you might need HVAC service and find out how Better Built Heating and Cooling can help!
Air Flow Seems Cool or Reduced
In the colder months, you may expect your heater to circulate warm air though your home. But what if that air is cooler than you expect or doesn’t flow as much as you think it should? Sometimes, this is a problem associated with dirty filters.
As your filter collects particles, it becomes a barrier to air. The pores are large enough to allow air to pass through, but the particles reduce that ability. Due to this reduced air flow, your system needs to push harder to heat your home.
The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to set the reminder to change your filters every 3 months, you can enjoy great airflow and warm air. An added benefit of changing your filters, is you will extend the lifespan of your HVAC unit.
Have you ever noticed that one room of your home might seem much colder than the others? You could have drafts from leaky windows or doors, or a leak in your ductwork.
A draft is an easy fix and simple fix. You can reseal your windows and doors or install new ones. However, fixing leaky ductwork is a little more complicated. You would first need to speak to one of our professional technicians. They can check your ducts for leaks and repair them if necessary.
One of the leading causes of a heater malfunction is a broken thermostat. Your thermostat could be out of batteries, have a faulty wiring, or be in the wrong place.
Over the winter, your HVAC system could experience damage from heavy snowfall, or broken-down branches that might have fallen on your outside unit, effecting your air conditioner in the summer.
To prevent damage to your air conditioner, you should trim back tree branches and bushes from the area because debris can end up in your condenser.
The first time you use your heater, you may notice a strange smell. This is normal and isn’t a cause for alarm. However, if you continue to notice a smell when your heater runs, call us at Better Built to have one of our professional technicians come out.
Gas heaters (which most people in Colorado have) rely on gas as a heat source. Gas is dangerous and may have a strange odor. In this case do not wait to call for help! If there is a gas leak in your home, everyone is in danger.
The smell of fire or smoke is a sign of trouble! As soon as you notice the smell, turn off the system and get everyone out of the home. Call Better Built and we will send one of our professional technicians over right away!
How to Prepare for Cold Weather
Before you have a problem with your heating and cooling system, you should call a professional for maintenance. Our professional team will perform a routine inspection that checks for common problems. Typically, we can identify issues before they cause your system to fail. To find out more about our Maintenance Program visit our website HVAC Maintenance Program | Better Built Heating and Cooling or call and schedule your appointment today at 720-615-3331.
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