Three Quick and Easy HVAC Troubleshooting Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 | Smoak's Comfort Control
There are three easy troubleshooting tips you should try if you're having problems with your heating and air conditioning system.
All homeowners wish to have a smooth running heating and air conditioning system, but an eventual problem is inevitable. When this occurs, before calling an HVAC professional, the homeowner can try the following three quick and easy tips to troubleshoot the system:
1. Check Your Circuit Breakers
If your air conditioner or heater isn't working at all, as if it's completely dead, and your thermostat seems to be working just fine, it's possible a circuit breaker has tripped. When this happens, no power gets to your HVAC unit. Resetting your circuit breaker should make your HVAC unit start up again.
There is one thing to keep in mind about this tip. After you reset the circuit breaker, if it trips again, do not continue using your heater or air conditioner until you contact an HVAC professional who can take a look at your system. With a circuit breaker that continuously trips, there is probably a serious problem with your unit that requires professional assistance.
2. Check the Thermostat
Thermostats are extremely reliable gadgets, but sometimes they fail or need maintenance. For example, many of them are battery powered. If the batteries run down, the thermostat will no longer work. They also need recalibration on occasion to accurately measure the indoor air temperature and tell the HVAC system when to turn on and off.
3. Check Your Air Filters
When your air conditioner or heater is working but doesn't seem to be working well, see if the air filters need cleaning. A clogged air filter can drastically reduce the amount of air flow to your HVAC system, reducing its effectiveness.
Troubleshooting your heating and air conditioning system doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a few easy things you can try before contacting your HVAC professional. However, if they don’t work, be sure to contact our expert team at Smoak’s Comfort Control as soon as you can.