It’s the dead of winter, and heating and air services are at the top of every plumbing specialist’s to-do list. We offer everything from furnace repair to water heater maintenance at All Hours Plumbing, and we’re here to help get you through the coldest months of the year with low cost and no hassle.
This is a process you can play a role in, as well. There are several heating issues common in homes during wintertime, and your ability to spot them can mean the difference between a quick fix and a huge, costly issue. Let’s look at some of the most frequent winter heating issues in the home:
Sudden Heat Loss
If your home suddenly loses its heat, there could be one of several things happening. In some cases, this is a simple power outage or surge – check your other power sources and see if this might be the simple fix. There’s also a chance power has only been cut off to your furnace temporarily.
However, it’s also possible there’s an issue with your pilot light or ignition system in these cases. If power isn’t your issue, there’s a chance you’ll need to call for furnace service in these cases.
If you notice that heat seems to be present, but only some of the time or only in certain areas of the home, you could be experiencing an air flow issue that’s generally caused by a faulty thermostat. It might shut on or off too quickly, or have dust or other particles inside it screwing up its functions.
Air Flow Problems
Do you notice your furnace running, but failing to adequately heat the house? It’s likely you have air flow issues. Draft is one of the most common here – open windows or doors or faulty insulation can lead to huge amounts of heat escaping your home, and big cost increases.
Balancing air flow can also help solve these problems if draft isn’t the issue. You might have certain important vents closed that need to be opened, or in some cases air flow problems are created by dirty coils or filters in your system. If you can’t solve the problem with some basic tinkering on your own, basic air filter inspections through a professional should weed them out.
Carbon monoxide can be a serious risk to you and your family. You can’t smell it, taste it or see it, and it can be caused by rust in your furnace’s heat exchanger which causes cracks and carbon monoxide leaks. These cracks can be nearly impossible to find in some cases.
Any homes with a furnace at least 10 years old absolutely must have carbon monoxide sensors installed to detect any leaks. In addition, regular furnace maintenance will help prevent these kinds of issues before they come up.
For furnace replacement and installation, or any of our other winter plumbing services, contact the experts at All Hours Plumbing today.