Posted: February 13, 2023 by Hey Neighbor
Now that the coziness of family time during the holidays has passed, Mother Nature is doing what she does best - bring on the freezing temperatures! And as homeowners find out all too often, cold weather and plummeting temperatures can lead to HVAC problems. But don't worry! Our neighborly HVAC technicians share expert tips on regaining warmth when the five most frequent winter issues happen.
Do you feel that some of your rooms are colder than others? This is common, especially in winter, when warmth can be elusive. So, what's happening? Your heating system could be distributing warm air unevenly due to a variety of factors. Here are some simple tricks you can do to try and remedy the situation.
First - and we give our customers this recommendation frequently - change your air filter regularly. A dirty or clogged filter can cause all sorts of issues. Second, inspect your vents and returns to ensure they aren't covered by furniture or other bulky items. If these tricks solved the uneven airflow, great! If not, your problem is probably something else - a blocked fan, an air leak, or even an obstruction inside a vent. Don't panic! Give our team a call, and we'll come to diagnose the issue in a jiffy.
Believe it or not, sometimes your thermostat is to blame for insufficient warmth. Homeowners often find that dead batteries or faulty wiring inside the thermostat are causing the problem. If you just changed the batteries and the wiring doesn't appear to be the issue, your thermostat may need to be cleaned and recalibrated. Find your thermostat's owner's manual and follow the proper steps for cleaning and calibrating (our team can do this for you).
If these solutions don't solve the issue, it could be time for a replacement unit. The good news is that upgrading to a smart or programmable thermostat won't just improve your airflow problems but also boost your energy efficiency and save you money. To learn what type of thermostat might work best for your living space, or to seek help with other thermostat problems, feel free to call the Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling team for advice.
If your home is heated using gas, you rely on an ignitor to start your heating system. Some systems have a continuously running pilot light, while others only ignite when the thermostat sends a signal to start the heating process. Regardless, without a properly working ignitor, you aren't going to get any heat. So, what's the problem? If your furnace won't start, the issue could be a dirty or damaged sensor. We don't recommend cleaning the sensor yourself. Instead, call us out for a professional inspection. If it's more than a faulty sensor, our technicians will assess your ignitor situation and solve the problem straight away.
As you probably know, carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly. And while it's wise to have at least one CO detector in your home, these detectors are crucial for homeowners who heat their homes with gas. If you have a CO detector installed and it's chirping a single, short beep, this indicates its battery is low and should be replaced right away. Replacing the batteries is a simple fix and should never be neglected.
However, if you hear four long beeps and then a pause, this indicates that significant levels of carbon monoxide have been detected inside your home. You should leave and call for help immediately - and remember your pets. Remember, CO is called the silent killer because it's nearly impossible to detect without a device watching over your family's safety. Taking good care of your CO detector can save your life!
A heat pump is a clever, energy-efficient device that heats and cools your home. But, sometimes, winter weather can take its toll on a heat pump. Common winter HVAC issues for heat pumps include low refrigerant, an obstructed coil from snow or ice, a dirty air filter, and a faulty starter capacitor. Most homeowners can handle a simple air filter change, but if you suspect your heat pump is experiencing a more complex issue, call our team for professional service, day or night.
All of us at Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling hope the new year has been a great one for your family so far. As the year unfolds, we want you to know that our friendly team of experienced specialists is here for all your HVAC needs - heating, cooling, indoor air quality issues, and more - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In addition, we want to remind you that 2023 is bringing some big changes to the world of HVAC. From SEER2 energy regulations to major home improvement savings you can enjoy thanks to the new Inflation Reduction Act, many exciting changes are happening that'll help make your home more comfortable than ever.
As always, if you have questions of any kind regarding your family's comfort or you simply need to schedule that seasonal system tune-up, call us today. We're here for you, because that's how neighbors should treat neighbors!™
We're committed to providing fast friendly emergency service 24 hours a day 7 days a week for residential heating and air conditioning systems in Wooster, Millersburg and the surrounding areas.
Our 24-hour emergency on-call service means you'll never have to go through another cold winter night or a hot, humid summer day. We service residents of Wayne and Holmes counties with no after-hours or overtime fees, so you'll never have to worry about paying extra because your furnace or air conditioner decided it wanted to quit on the weekend or a holiday!
Our service trucks are ready for your emergency after-hours service call with over 5000 stocked parts so you don't have to wait for us to chase down the parts you need.
Fast and done right the first time
We'll keep your Wayne County furnace running smoothly, and we service gas and electric heaters, heat pumps, ductless mini-split systems and more. Our local, licensed, friendly HVAC technicians drive fully-stocked service vans so when we troubleshoot your Holmes County HVAC system and find a faulty part, we can replace it right then! Whatever you need in the area of heating and cooling repair in Wooster, Millersburg, and the surrounding areas, we've got you covered!
The right system for your home
Whether you're a homeowner in Rittman who's in the market for a new, high-efficiency furnace, a mobile home owner in Shreve who's tired of baking in the summertime or you're a property manager in Dalton looking to replace old, temperamental air conditioning systems in apartments with new reliable units, our experience enables us to quickly and accurately assess your HVAC needs. You'll get the new furnace install and central air conditioning upgrade that's right for you.
Protect your investment
While we don't mind visiting your home for a dead-of-winter breakdown (it's what we do), we want to help you avoid that unfortunate situation altogether. That's why we offer affordable Wayne and Holmes County seasonal HVAC maintenance to reduce the future need for heating and cooling repairs. Our thorough inspections catch little problems before they become big ones. An annual HVAC tune-up by one of our expert techs saves you money, time, and stress!
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