3 Common Winter Heating and Cooling Problems
If you’re anything like us, you’re still giving thanks that October’s string of record-breaking temperatures are in the East Nashville history books. And now that temperatures are finally dropping and your air conditioning is taking a long winter’s nap, you may be starting to worry about common winter heating and cooling problems.
You’re a worrier, aren’t you?
It’s okay, so are we. Here are three winter heating problems that we worry about on the regular.
Carbon monoxide leaks
If there’s one thing that keeps us awake at night it’s the neighbor’s darn dog and the thought of carbon monoxide poisoning.
I guess that’s two things.
Whether your furnace is a decade old (in which case you should call us for a preventative maintenance checkup) or a year old, it produces carbon monoxide.
We covered this topic at great length in Why Do I Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector but it’s so important that we’re making it our number one winter heating and cooling problem. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless and unless you have a carbon monoxide detector, it can easily go undetected.
And you know what? it can be deadly in the right (or wrong) amounts.
Your heat pump is blowing cold air
Heat pumps are super efficient heating units that keep you cool in the summer by drawing heat from your home (efficient!). In the fall and winter, they keep you toasty by pulling available heat from the outside air into your home (efficient!). Heat pumps are designed for all-season comfort and energy efficiency.
However, when it’s super cold outside, your heat pump may blow cold air — which may be cause for concern, or it may not be.
There are three reasons why your heat pump may be blowing cold air:
- Fooled you! Your heat pump may not be blowing cold air…it may just feel like it. If it’s super cold outside — yes, it happens occasionally, even in East Nashville — your heat pump may simply be blowing air that’s cooler than you’re hot body’s 98.6 degrees.
Here’s a quick(ish) test: check your thermostat and take note of the temperature. Wait 30 minutes. Check it again. Is it warmer? If so, you and your heat pump are fine.
- Your heat pump is in defrost mode and is blasting you with a minute or two of cold air before the back-up heating source kicks in.
- Something’s wrong and you need to call us.
Your furnace is cycling on and off. A lot.
If your heating unit is turning on and off way more often than it should be, those of us in the biz call it heat cycling. We’re a creative bunch. What can we say?
Heat cycling is bad on several different levels:
- It’s inefficient, so you’re paying for it.
- It may be an indication of a dirty filter. Which is gross. How often should you replace your furnace filter? More often than you think.
- Your thermostat is broken. Figure out which thermostat is right for your home and get a new one.
- If you can’t figure it out, or even if you can, you may want to call in the Cumberland Cooling crew.
Live in East Nashville or New East Nashville (also known as Madison, TN)? Contact Cumberland Cooling at 615-576-0742 to discuss heating and cooling installation, annual furnace maintenance, or to figure out whether or not it’s time to repair or replace your HVAC unit. As always, estimates and opinions are always free.