Below are 3 tips that you can use when preparing the HVAC in your facility for Winter.
Your heater’s thermostat is the tiny device on the wall that allows you to control the temperature of your building. Thermostats are mainly provided with the heater and are programmed by the technician that installs your heater.
You’ll know your thermostat is broken or has issues when the heat is not being evenly distributed throughout your building, if the temperature of your building is not at the temperature you set, or if the heater fails to operate.
There are many causes for thermostat problems, those of which include faulty batteries, loose wires, dirty thermostat components, and a fuse or circuit breaker that has jumped. Not taking care of a broken thermostat can leave your building cold during the Winter and it can further cause your unit to malfunction.
Filters that are Dirty or Clogged
Another common problem that heaters encounter are filters that are dirty or clogged. Your heater’s filter is responsible for distributing clean heated air throughout your facility. A dirty filter will circulate dusty and dirty air and it will also cause pressure to build up in your heater. In addition, a dirty filter can cause your unit to completely break down if not taken care of in a timely manner.
You’ll know that your heater’s filters are clogged if the air becomes musty and congested when you turn the heater on or if your heater is not producing a strong flow of air throughout the facility. Dirty and clogged filters are used caused by a lack of maintenance. Therefore, having the filters changed as soon as possible and on a regular basis can remedy the issue.
Weak or No Air Flow
Over time, it isn’t uncommon for your vents to become clogged or obstructed. The obstruction typically results in reduced air flow that can leave your facility chilly in the wintertime. Obstructed vents not only reduce air flow to your facility, but they also can cause damage or even failure of your facility’s heater.
There are a number of ways to determine if the venting system is obstructed. Signs of obstruction include strange sounds, the smell of gas from your heater, a yellow flame in the burner, and a furnace that continually turns on and off. Each of these issues should be addressed immediately because they can lead to further damage to your facility’s heater.
Other Mechanical Problems
In addition to the most common problems highlighted above, your facility heating system can also suffer from other forms of wear and tear. It isn’t uncommon for your furnace to wear down over time. The failure of some of the furnace’s main components can be quickly fixed through replacement.
Also, keep in mind that if your filter is older than 15 years, it may be time for replacement. You’ll notice replacement is necessary when your furnace constantly breaks down and your heating bill is at an unreasonable level.
Source: www.louisvillehomesblog.com; Tre Pryor; 2014.