Common Heating Issues During Winter

Published 1/12/2021

When the temperatures in the Chicagoland area start dropping lower and lower, heat becomes the most prized possession for homeowners. When those temperatures start to dip into freezing, your furnace works twice as hard to heat your home, which can lead to possible problems. It’s important to know the common heating issues that occur during these freezing months in order to keep you and your family safe and warm all winter long. In this blog, you will learn from the experts at Mr. Duct Heating and Air Conditioning about the most common heating issues during winter and what you can do to fix or prevent them from happening.

1. Dirty Air Filter or Blocked Air Grilles
Have you ever walked into a room in your home and noticed it was much colder than the room you were just in? This is most likely due to uneven airflow caused by a dusty or dirty air filter. Replacing your dirty air filter regularly (every 3 months) can help solve common heating problems, extend the life of your furnace, and significantly improve the air quality in your home. In addition, check all your return air grilles to make sure they are not blocked by furniture, dust, or pet hair and make sure all air vents are open and blowing air. If your home is still not heating properly, contact a professional furnace repair company like Mr. Duct.
2. Frozen Pipes
As the temperatures continue to drop during winter, ice starts to accumulate around pipes and hydronic systems. As ice continues to form around these systems, it can eventually result in frozen pipes. Frozen pipes block hot water and steam from moving freely causing pressure to build up, which causes pipes to burst. As homeowners, you can avoid frozen pipes and bursting by simply turning off the water supply and removing the built-up ice on your pipes. If you’re uncomfortable removing the ice yourself, make sure to call the professionals at Mr. Duct Heating and Air Conditioning to get the job done!
3. Pilot Light Out
The main source of life for your HVAC system is your furnace's pilot light. A properly working furnace should have a pilot light producing a steady flame at all times in order to easily access heat. If you do not see a strong flame when looking at your furnace while the heat is on, this could be due to a dirty or broken sensor. In this case, turn off your furnace and try cleaning the sensor. If the problem persists, contact the furnace repair experts at Mr. Duct to replace the sensor on your pilot light.

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