How to Fix and Avoid Common HVAC Problems
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Central HVAC units are great when they work properly! Clean, conditioned, and evenly distributed air efficiently flowing through each room of your home is the goal.
But what do you do when your HVAC unit isn’t cooling or heating your house well? Let’s explore some of the common issues that cause HVAC units to give problems and how you can prevent (or fix) them. We’ll also discuss when it’s time to call in an expert.
Problem: Air Conditioner or Furnace is not turning on or no air flow coming from vents…
If your air conditioner or furnace is not turning on at all, the first thing you should check is the thermostat. Is it set correctly? Are the batteries dead? Make any necessary adjustments to the thermostat, and see if that fixed the issue.
If not, the next thing to check is the circuit breaker inside the electrical panel. Locate your electrical panel and look for the breaker that’s labeled as the HVAC unit. If the circuit breaker is tripped, reset it by turning it to the “off” position, then back to the “on” position. If it was tripped, resetting the breaker should allow the unit to turn back on. If it turns on but trips the breaker again, it means that something is wrong with the unit. In that case, you should call a licensed professional like Sears Home Services.
Problem: Air flow is too low.
Low airflow can be caused by clogged filters. Your HVAC unit works by pulling in air through a return vent located in one or more locations throughout the zone that it services. There is a filter located either in the return duct as it enters the HVAC unit, or right on the other side of the vent in the wall or ceiling. You should change these filters at least once every three months (more if you notice that they clog more often).
If your airflow is low, but your filters are not clogged, you could have an obstruction in the duct work or your unit could have other problems. Loose belts on belt-driven units or bad fan bearings could be to blame. This situation is better left to a licensed professional like Sears Home Services.
Problem: HVAC unit is leaking or puddling.
A puddle of water under or around your HVAC unit means that the condensed water that is designed to run into the drain is not making it there for some reason.
Check the PVC pipe that connects to the HVAC unit. Did it become disconnected from the unit? Is the pipe properly pitched so gravity flows the water out of your home? If all looks good, you might have an obstruction inside the pipe. You could run something like a drain snake through the pipe to unclog it, or you could call in an expert.
Is your problem not on this list? I only listed a few common issues. If you have a problem like loud banging, popping, or other weird issues, I recommend that you schedule a call with an expert.
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So there you have it. I leave you now with some fixes to common HVAC problems and some great resources to keep your unit running this summer (or winter). Unless you’re already an HVAC expert, I hope you take my advice and schedule your free in-home consultation now.