Vero Beach, Florida, experiences high temperatures and humidity for most of the year. As such, air conditioning is necessary to keep your home comfortably cool. In winter, the skies will remain an azure blue, but the temperature will eventually drop. It can even get downright chilly in January. Before turning on the heat — especially if you haven’t used the heating system in a while — you should beware of these common HVAC problems:

Inadequate Heating

If you still feel chilly while your heater is running at night, you might have a clogged air filter. Generally, you should change your air filter at least once every three months. Otherwise, it’ll accumulate dirt, hair and debris on its surface. That will prevent the free flow of air to and from the furnace. Also, if you don’t change the air filter soon, the furnace will have to work twice as hard to provide heat and may break down. As a result, you’ll have higher energy and repair costs.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is another reason your home’s heating system can lag. It prevents the heating system from running long enough to heat your home adequately. It may happen because of a faulty thermostat or an inadequately-sized system for your property. You may even have corrosion in the flame sensor. Contact an experienced HVAC service technician and have them check everything.

Leaks and Fumes

A leaking gas line can cause dizziness and asphyxiation and increase the risk of an explosion. Also, if dirt and debris have blocked your vents, there will be a reverse flow of the combustion fumes, releasing toxic carbon monoxide into your home. If you suspect either situation, turn off the HVAC system, get out of the house at once and call your HVAC service technician immediately.

With regular HVAC maintenance, you can avoid these issues. Get in touch with Barker Air Conditioning and Heating by calling us at 772-562-2103. We will keep your HVAC system in fine order.

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