Becoming a homeowner is incredibly exciting, but it’s important to be prepared when things inevitably go wrong. When it comes to your HVAC system, knowing a few basic troubleshooting tips can save you a lot of trouble. Before you call for HVAC services, be sure to check for common problems you can fix yourself.
Check Your System’s Airflow
Central HVAC systems work by heating or cooling large volumes of air and distributing them around your home via ductwork. If your system isn’t performing correctly, an airflow disruption is often among the most common problems. To troubleshoot airflow issues, begin by checking your air filters and cleaning or replacing them if they’re soiled. In addition, make sure the air vents throughout your home are clean, open and unobstructed. Finally, check your outdoor AC unit and clear away any dirt, vegetation or objects that may be blocking airflow.
Perform a Power Check
It can be nerve-wracking when your HVAC system loses power entirely, but there’s no need to assume the worst. In fact, a complete loss of power is often just a result of a tripped circuit breaker. A quick look inside your breaker box will tell you whether any circuits have been tripped. It’s safe to reset the switch, but you shouldn’t need to do it very often. If this issue happens repeatedly, consider calling your local contractor to schedule preventive HVAC services.
Investigate Your Thermostat
Your thermostat is the brain behind your entire HVAC system, although some are smarter than others. If your controls aren’t working properly, your comfort is bound to suffer. Many thermostats are powered by batteries, so making sure they’re always fresh is a great place to start. It sounds simple, but don’t forget to make sure your thermostat is set to the appropriate heating or cooling mode as well. Finally, if you have a programmable or smart control system, review your settings periodically to ensure they’re set correctly.
Of course, not every problem can be fixed with basic troubleshooting. If your system still isn’t functioning correctly, it’s time to call Leckron’s Comfort Solutions for comprehensive HVAC repairs.