As we approach the new year and the temperatures continue to drop, you should be on the lookout for common problems with your heating and cooling system. Knowing what to look for can prevent many of these problems from occurring.
Here are five common problems your system can have during the winter:
1. Clogged filters: When the air filter is clogged, the system must work harder to cool the air, which can cause your system to work harder, resulting in higher energy costs.
2. Frozen condenser coils: Sub-zero temperatures can cause the condenser coils to freeze, preventing the system from running correctly.
3. Faulty thermostat: If the thermostat is not working correctly, the system may not be able to detect the temperature in the home, resulting in inadequate heating.
4. Blocked air intake: If the air intake is blocked, the system may not be able to draw in enough air to operate properly.
5. Low refrigerant levels: Low refrigerant levels can cause the system to run inefficiently, resulting in an inability to keep up with the demands of a home.
All of these can lead to system failures and costly repairs. You can prevent this by scheduling regular maintenance with our team of experts at Miller’s Services.
By having one of our professional service experts inspect and clean your furnace and other heating and cooling equipment, you can help prevent problems before they occur. This can include checking for and repairing faulty parts, cleaning the burners and heat exchangers, and ensuring that the system is functioning properly.
Here are some of the ways you can prevent these common problems from occurring:
- Changing the air filter regularly:
- A dirty air filter can restrict airflow to your furnace, causing it to work harder and potentially lead to overheating and other problems. Changing the air filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, or at least once every three months can help prevent these issues and keep your furnace running efficiently. Keep in mind that if you have pets in the home, you may need to change your air filter even more frequently than every three months!
- Keeping the area around your furnace clear:
- To ensure that your furnace has proper ventilation and airflow, it’s important to keep the area around it clean and free of clutter. This includes removing debris or objects that could block the vents or air intakes and ensuring there is plenty of space around the furnace itself.
- Installing a programmable thermostat:
- A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature in your home according to your schedule, which can help prevent your furnace from working too hard and potentially causing a problem. Adjusting the temperature when you are not at home or when you’re asleep can save energy and reduce the workload on your furnace.
Following these steps can help prevent problems and keep your system running smoothly during the winter. Contact Miller’s Services to schedule your preventative maintenance and protect your system this winter.