Common HVAC Problems to Watch for in the Fall

As we say goodbye to the warmth of summer and welcome the brisk temperatures of fall, we’re not only changing our wardrobes but also our home heating and cooling systems. Here in Central Illinois, as the leaves change color and fall from the trees, we’re confronted with unique HVAC challenges.

With the shift in season comes a shift in the problems our HVAC systems may encounter. These systems play a critical role in ensuring that our homes remain comfortable and livable, so it’s crucial to anticipate potential issues and address them promptly. In this blog post, we’ve highlighted some common HVAC problems to watch for in the fall.

Inadequate Heating

As temperatures drop, you’ll inevitably turn to your heating system for comfort. However, if you find that your home isn’t warming up as it should, your HVAC system might be the culprit. Common causes of inadequate heating include a malfunctioning thermostat, dirty filters obstructing airflow, or an aging furnace. Regular maintenance can prevent these problems or catch them early before they become serious issues.

Unusual Noises

Rattling, banging, or squeaking noises emanating from your HVAC system can be disconcerting. While some noise is normal when your system starts up or shuts down, persistent, unusual sounds often indicate mechanical issues. Loose or worn-out components may be the cause. Always call a professional if you notice any strange sounds to avoid extensive damage to your HVAC system.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

With fall comes increased indoor living, and the quality of your indoor air is paramount to your comfort and health. If you or family members are experiencing unusual allergies, it may be due to dirty air filters or ductwork in your HVAC system. Regular cleaning and replacing your filters can help alleviate these issues and improve the overall air quality in your home.

Thermostat Issues

A faulty thermostat can result in inconsistent temperatures throughout your home. This inconsistency can lead to both discomfort and increased energy bills. If you notice that your HVAC system isn’t maintaining the temperature you set, it may be time to have your thermostat checked or replaced.

Increased Energy Bills

As the weather cools, your energy bills might increase due to your heating system working overtime. However, if you notice a dramatic spike in your bills, your HVAC system might be running inefficiently. Regular maintenance can ensure your system is operating at peak efficiency and prevent unexpected hikes in your energy costs.

Here at Kelso Heating and Cooling, we understand the unique HVAC challenges that the fall season presents. Remember, preventative maintenance is the key to mitigating most of these issues. Schedule a check-up for your HVAC system before the temperatures drop significantly. That way, you can identify potential problems before they escalate, ensuring that your home remains a comfortable haven all fall long.

If you’re experiencing any of the above issues or have other concerns about your HVAC system, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to ensuring your HVAC system operates optimally, providing you and your family with the comfort you deserve. Let us help you navigate the changing seasons with peace of mind. Contact us today!