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Ultimate Winter Plumbing and HVAC FAQ Handbook

As winter sets in, homeowners in Eastern Alabama and Western Georgia are gearing up to handle possible issues with their heating and plumbing systems. We’re here to guide you through some common winter problems and provide practical tips to tackle them.

If you’re facing trouble with your HVAC system or plumbing this winter, remember that Jackson Services is just a call away!

Common Winter HVAC Problem FAQs:

Why is my heating system not producing enough heat?

If your heating system isn’t warming up your home enough, it could be due to issues with the thermostat, a dirty air filter, blocked vents, or worn-out parts like the blower motor. Try adjusting the thermostat, changing the air filter, and ensuring vents are clear. If the problem continues or if your heating system is making odd sounds, it’s best to reach out to a professional HVAC technician, especially if your system is on the older side. Regular HVAC maintenance by a pro can prevent these issues and keep your heating system running smoothly

Why is there uneven heating in different rooms of my house?

Blocked vents, closed doors, or objects blocking air return registers can lead to uneven heating in different rooms. HVAC system problems, like a faulty thermostat or a dirty air filter, could also contribute. To fix it, make sure vents are open and unblocked, keep doors open for good air circulation, and change air filters regularly. If the problem doesn’t go away, schedule a service visit from our heating system pros to find and fix any underlying issues.

How do I troubleshoot a pilot light that keeps going out?

Check for drafts around your water heater or furnace first, as they can extinguish the pilot light. Clean the pilot orifice using compressed air to remove dirt or debris affecting the flame. Ensure the thermocouple (a small sensor near the pilot light) is in the right position and undamaged. It’s always best to contact a professional HVAC technician to handle pilot light issues safely and effectively if these do-it-yourself steps don’t solve the problem or if you’re not comfortable doing them. 

What should I do if my heat pump is not working efficiently in cold weather?

If your heat pump isn’t performing well in cold weather, check thermostat settings, ensure there’s no ice around the outdoor unit, replace the air filter, and make sure the vents are open. If the problem continues, a qualified technician can address issues like refrigerant leaks or problems with the system size, optimizing your heat pump’s efficiency in colder temperatures. Regular heating maintenance ensures your system works well when you need it most!

What should I do if I have an HVAC emergency during winter?

In case of an HVAC emergency in winter such as a complete heating system failure or an electrical malfunction, focus on safety first—turn off the system if needed. Check thermostat settings, air filters, and circuit breakers. Ensure vents are not blocked. If problems persist, especially with crucial parts like the furnace, contact a licensed HVAC technician right away. Attempting complicated repairs yourself can be risky. Many HVAC companies, including Jackson Services, offer 24/7 emergency HVAC services. It’s safest to depend on professional assistance for a quick and effective resolution.

Common Winter Plumbing Problem FAQs:

How can I prevent my pipes from freezing?

To prevent pipes from freezing, insulate them in unheated areas using foam sleeves or towels. Keep cabinet doors open for warm air circulation, let faucets drip during freezing weather, and seal gaps in walls or around windows and doors. Maintain a consistent indoor temperature, even when away, and use a programmable thermostat. If you’re leaving for an extended period, consider draining your water system or having someone check your home regularly.

What should I do if my pipes freeze?

If your pipes freeze, quickly turn off the water supply, find the frozen section, and safely thaw the pipes using a hairdryer or heating pad. Keep faucets open and avoid using open flames to thaw the pipes. If you can’t find the frozen area or the situation worsens, shut off the main water supply and contact a professional plumber for assistance. 

Why is my water heater not producing hot water?

If your water heater isn’t producing hot water, check to see if the pilot light is lit. If not, relight it following the manufacturer’s instructions. Confirm the thermostat setting is appropriate. If problems persist, a faulty thermostat or heating element may be the issue. Sediment buildup in the tank can also reduce heating efficiency. Consult with a plumber or water heater specialist to diagnose and resolve any underlying water heater issues effectively. 

Why is there low water pressure in my faucets or shower during winter?

Cold weather may cause water to freeze in the pipes, limiting the space for water flow. Insulate the pipes to prevent freezing. Check for visible leaks and fix them, as leaks or damage due to freezing can reduce pressure. If the problem persists, it might be due to sediment buildup in pipes or a faulty pressure regulator. A professional plumber can help identify and fix the specific problems causing low water pressure.

What should I do if I have a plumbing emergency during winter?

If you encounter a plumbing emergency in winter such as a burst pipe or a frozen septic system, act quickly by turning off the main water valve, opening faucets to release pressure, and gently thawing frozen pipes with a hairdryer or heating pad. Address leaks promptly, and if the problem persists or involves burst pipes, contact a licensed emergency plumber for professional assistance to minimize damage. 

Remember: Jackson Services is here to support you when winter hits hard. Stay warm, stay informed, and enjoy a worry-free winter. Contact us today for all your HVAC and plumbing needs!