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4 Common Household Problems That Happen in Winter (And How We Can Solve Them All!)

Updated: Jul 17

Winter is coming, and while the snow and ice may look beautiful, they can cause some common household problems. Issues brought on by inclement weather can cause stress that nobody wants to have to deal with.

Homeowners, in particular, fall foul of common household plumbing and heating problems, particularly around the winter months. Today, we’ll walk you through the four most common household problems that need solving during the winter, how you can avoid them from happening, and who to call if you need a professional.


1. Pipes Freezing

One of the most common winter plumbing problems that many homeowners face year after year is frozen pipes. When pipes get too cold, the water inside them can freeze. This, in turn, can lead to burst pipes.

To avoid your pipes freezing, you should make sure that your heating is set to come on automatically every day. If you are going away for a few days, make sure that you still have your heating set to come on while you are not at home.

You should also look at having your pipes and water tank insulated. Pipe lagging and water tank jackets are relatively inexpensive and will save you the stress of not having running water when you need it.

If you find yourself facing a plumbing emergency from burst pipes this winter, our licensed plumbers are available 24/7 at Modern Air & Water.


2. Faulty HVAC System

There is nothing worse than your heating system breaking down during the cold winter months, and problems with your HVAC system could leave you and your family shivering and cold.

There is a lot that can go wrong with your heating, from your heating not turning on to more serious carbon monoxide leaks, which could prove to be very dangerous to you and your family.

Having your boiler serviced every year will mean that it is less likely to break down. Your service technician will also be able to check that your system is safe for use and recommend any repairs to make sure you’re kept insulated from the cold weather.


3. Inconsistent Temperatures In Different Rooms

If you find that you have different temperatures in different rooms, there could be several causes for this. One of the things that you should look at is whether the radiators need to be bled. Often pockets of air will get trapped in the radiator, causing it not to heat up all over. You can bleed your radiator simply using a radiator key.

4. Your Pilot Light Has Gone Out

If your pilot light goes out, then your heating won’t work. Usually, you can quite easily get your pilot light to reignite. However, there may be times when this is not possible.

If you have a damaged furnace flame sensor, this could be the cause. You should get in touch with your local heating specialist to address this issue and perform some much-needed maintenance.


Contact Edmonton’s Modern Air & Water Today!

When it comes to addressing common household problems that occur in the winter months, it is always best to seek the advice of a heating and plumbing specialist. For all of Edmonton’s heating, cooling, plumbing, and indoor air quality needs, Modern Air and Water are here to help!

Contact us today to request a free, no-obligation quote or schedule a service call.

Our service area includes Ardrossan, Beaumont, Bon Accord, Devon, Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Leduc, Morinville, Namao, Nisku, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, Stony Plain and many surrounding communities.


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