November 13, 2023
Family enjoying warm home in Sherwood, AR

More often than not, Sherwood, AR enjoys relatively mild winters. Notwithstanding this fact, you’ll still need a functional heating system. With nighttime temperatures dipping as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit, your heating equipment is vital for staving off extreme discomfort and even hypothermia. Fortunately, you can avoid three of the most common HVAC problems this cold season.

1. Dirty HVAC Air Filters

HVAC air filters might not seem like a big deal, but they play a major part in keeping your furnace functioning as it should. Failing to swap these low-cost components out in a timely fashion could lead to airflow issues that cause your furnace to short cycle or overheat.

Before the heating season begins, take your furnace filter out and put a fresh one in. Make sure that it’s properly oriented, correctly sized, and securely in place. You should also purchase extra replacement filters to see you through winter. This way, you’ll never be at risk of running out when store shelves are empty. HVAC air filters should be inspected monthly and changed every 30 to 90 days as needed.

2. AC Condenser Damage

Although you won’t be using your air conditioner during the heating season, you still have to keep its outdoor condenser protected. To prevent structural damage caused by heavy, falling objects, have the trees surrounding your condenser professionally limbed. You should also clean the gutters that overhang this unit so that they aren’t so weighted down by debris that they detach from the building.

AC condenser covers can block excess moisture during heavy winter storms. However, you should never put a cover on your AC condenser and leave it on for long. Both store-bought and homemade covers trap moisture inside AC condensers to create the perfect conditions for rust formation and mold.

3. Furnace Start-Up Problems

To make sure that your furnace never has a problem starting up, schedule annual furnace maintenance just before fall packs its bags and moves on. During yearly tune-up service, our HVAC technicians inspect and calibrate thermostats, check heat exchangers for cracks and other structural issues, verify the integrity of exhaust venting systems, and more. Not only do these services reduce the likelihood of furnace start-up problems and other forms of furnace malfunction, but they also ensure that heaters are working safely.

We’re proud to be a trusted provider of heating, cooling, and indoor air quality services throughout Sherwood, AR and the surrounding communities. We also offer duct cleaning, ductless HVAC, and home automation systems. For help getting your HVAC system winter-ready, contact us at Bill Lea Service today.

company icon