Many people do not realize the damage that can occur just because the temperatures start to change. While freezing temperatures can certainly prompt homeowners to ensure their HVAC system is providing the heat they need to stay comfortable, the thought of unseen damage as temperatures plummet is often not something that most people even consider. Unfortunately, changing temperatures are something that can easily lead pipe damage and expensive repairs, especially if left undetected.
Whether it is your home’s water pipes, HVAC system or other machinery, freezing temperatures can be extremely damaging. As the water in pipes reaches the freezing point, it begins to expand. This expansion of the freezing water puts a great deal of pressure on pipes and equipment which can cause them to burst, creating leaks and water damage if not fixed promptly. Of course, expanding and contracting pipes are a natural result of the fluctuations in seasonal temperatures, but these fluctuations in temperature can also lead to a weakening of the pipes making them even more susceptible to cracks and leaks.
While routine A/C maintenance is an important part of protecting your equipment, it is also an essential factor in determining if unforeseen problems, such as burst pipes are creating even more damage. A professional heating and cooling technician will be able to perform routine HVAC troubleshooting to determine the condition of your HVAC system. This includes making sure your HVAC system is ready for the season as well as performing tests for optimal performance and energy efficiency. Additionally, if HVAC repairs are necessary, your heating and cooling technician should be able to provide the quality repairs you need to keep your home in good repair and your HVAC system functioning at its best.
Burst pipes can lead to extensive damage and repairs can run into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars if left undetected. It is important to have your home protected with a home utility maintenance inspection by a leading HVAC contractor. Your HVAC professional will be able to determine if pipes have burst during the previous season, giving you an opportunity to get them fixed before even more damage is done.