The best solution is prevention, and preventing issues with your HVAC system is no exception. Not only does this potentially save you a tremendous amount of time and headache having to deal with major repairs in the future, it also saves you money. Regular maintenance and minor repairs are often a significantly less amount of money than all out repair or replacement should a larger problem occur. In order to learn how to prevent these large-scale issues from happening, however, it’s essential to learn the most common HVAC problems, and what to do about them if you run into them.
If you have noticed some variance in your heating or cooling, like the blower in continuously running, or the temperatures you are wanting are not being achieved, the problem may not actually be with your HVAC unit itself. A good first step is to check your thermostat settings and ensure that it is on either the heat or cool option, depending on the desired function, and ensure that it is on the auto setting and not simply on, where it will blow until you turn it off. If all of the settings are correct, replacing the battery may solve the problem. If you have tried all of these options and the problem persists, then it may be time to call in a professional.
FUSES AND CIRCUITS
If your HVAC unit is not running at all, it may be an issue with a circuit breaker or a blown fuse. Addressing the issue at your breaker box or fuse box can provide a solution, but you should first check around your HVAC unit to make sure that there is no underlying issue as to why this fuse has blown. A filter full of debris can lead to reduced air flow and an overworked blower, which uses a tremendous amount more energy and can cause a blown fuse. Once you have verified that the filter is clear, and there are no duct leaks or dirty coils, resetting your fuse box should result in a working HVAC unit again. If for some reason, this doesn’t solve your issue, or the fuse blows again, contact a professional to see what else may need to be done.
LOUD OR UNUSUAL NOISES
If you have been noticing noises coming from your HVAC unit outside the realm of the typical humming or whirring, it may be a good idea to give it a lookover to see if you can determine the source. Noises such as rattling, screeching, or squealing can all be signs that something more is going on. It could be as simple as debris being piled up close to the motor, or the unit needing to be washed off. However, these sounds may also be an indication that the motor itself needs some attention. In this scenario, it’s usually safer to call in the pros right away to avoid it becoming a bigger issue than it already is.
When you set your thermostat to a certain temperature, you expect your home to be at that temperature throughout. Noticing efficiency issues such as some rooms being hotter or colder than others, could be an indication of other factors at play. The first place to start in this scenario is the filters. A clogged or dirty filter can reduce airflow and therefore result in varying degrees throughout your home. If your filters are new or free from debris, your next step may be to check your air ducts and registers to verify that these are all uncluttered and working properly. Lastly, check around your HVAC unit and make sure that it and the surrounding area are well maintained. After you have gone through these steps, if you are still noticing a problem with consistency in temperature in your house, consult with a professional.
Regular maintenance of your heating and air conditioning systems can be beneficial in preventing major issues from occurring down the road. If you need help maintaining your HVAC unit, contact the Active team today!