Troubleshooting is a great way to get to the root of a problem with your heating system. But can those problems be prevented in the first place, especially when it’s something serious like corrosion? The truth is there are lots of preventable HVAC issues. Here’s the scoop on corrosion:
Corrosion is when metal gradually degrades due to exposure to its environment. The corrosion we're most familiar with is rust. When rust shows up, we recognize that as a sign of trouble that the metal is breaking down. When it comes to your HVAC system, this is not a good sign, but before the rust shows up, what you’ll probably see first is some black sludge from water in the system that has reacted with the metal housing.
What Does Corrosion Do?
Corrosion in your heating system can cause major issues. It can cause insufficient heat transfer, inconsistent heating, increased energy use and costs, and damage to the equipment. If you have any of these issues, some effective troubleshooting could reveal corrosion to be the cause.
How Can I Prevent Corrosion in My Heating System?
The best way to prevent corrosion in your heating system is with regular maintenance. Yearly heating system service will ensure regular inspection, cleaning, and tune-up of your HVAC. Regular service helps prevent corrosion by cleaning up any dirt or water that might cause it.
There are a lot of things that could go wrong with your heating system that might call for some troubleshooting. Prevention, however, is the key to keeping your system running right. If you have any issues with your heating system, contact the team at Universal Heating and Cooling for troubleshooting tips and professional service.