Common HVAC Issues That an Inspector Might Find

If you want to stay warm and comfortable during the winter months, having a functioning heating system is a must. Without your HVAC, you’ll be exposed to the elements, even within your home. To keep your HVAC running smoothly, these are the common issues to look out for.


One of the reasons that your HVAC system may not be working properly is that it has some sort of leak. A leak can occur when a pipe bursts or rusts enough that a leak forms. If you notice that your HVAC isn’t heating or cooling evenly, or see a pool of oil-like substance dripping from your unit, these can all be symptoms of a leak in your HVAC system. One of the reasons that it’s so beneficial to have your HVAC regularly inspected is that a professional can catch these issues before they become too serious. A leak can lead to further issues, so it’s important that you have these leaks treated before they become worse.

Dirty Filters

Another problem you may experience with your HVAC is related to dirty filters. As your HVAC pumps warm and cool air throughout your home, your filters will pick out any dirt or bacteria before they can get into your home. If you let the filter get too dirty before replacing it, you may run the risk of these spores entering into your home, and your lungs. HVAC filters can accumulate a lot of debris that can cause them to break down. When you have your HVAC system inspected, be sure that the professional checks up on your filters. Replacing them before the issue becomes serious can save you from more expensive repairs.

Frozen Components

During the winter, the cold temperatures can also have a big effect on your HVAC system. When the temperatures drop too much, certain components within your HVAC system may become frozen and cause further issues. If you run your heater when it’s frozen, it likely won’t work properly. If you notice your HVAC system isn’t properly heating your home, or it’s heating certain spaces unevenly, call a professional to have it inspected. It may be that pipes or other components of your HVAC are frozen. The faster you fix these issues, the sooner you can get back to properly heating your home and not worrying about expensive repairs. 

Your HVAC system is your home’s best defense against the elements. When the outdoors are uncomfortable, you can keep your home at exactly the right temperature. To make sure that your HVAC system runs smoothly for as long as possible, be aware of these possible issues.

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