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HVAC Troubleshooting Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

hvacEncountering AC problems or any other kind of issues can quickly turn a comfortable living space into an uncomfortable and frustrating place. However, before you reach for the phone to call a professional, there are several steps you can take to resolve the issue yourself. Here, we’ll cover some essential HVAC maintenance and troubleshooting tips every homeowner should know. Remember, if you run into complicated or potentially dangerous situations, it’s always best to contact a professional HVAC technician for assistance.

Check the Thermostat

One of the easiest things to fix is the thermostat. If you’re experiencing AC problems, this is the first place to start. If you’ve accidentally bumped it, the batteries are low, or if a child changed the temperature, it can make your home uncomfortable. Ensure it’s set to the right temperature and in the correct mode (cooling or heating). 

Air Filter Changes

A clogged air filter can restrict airflow, resulting in decreased system performance. Regularly check and replace your air filters every one to three months, depending on usage. This simple upkeep can prevent many common HVAC issues and keep your system running efficiently.

Clean Your Vents

Blocked or obstructed vents can prevent proper airflow and lead to uneven cooling or heating in your home. Ensure all of your vents are open and clear from debris or obstructions. Consider vacuuming out the vents and surrounding areas to remove any accumulated dust or dirt.

Circuit Breakers or Power Failures

If your HVAC system suddenly stops working, check the circuit breaker panel to see if any breakers have tripped. Reset them if necessary. Additionally, power failures or outages can disrupt your HVAC system’s operation. Verify that power is reaching your HVAC unit before assuming there is a mechanical issue. Electrical problems for high KW appliances like your AC unit should be addressed by a qualified electrician or HVAC technician.

Blocked Airflow 

Outdoor HVAC units require enough airflow to function properly. Restricted airflow is a common HVAC issue if your unit isn’t blowing air the way it should be. Check for any debris or objects obstructing the unit. Clear away leaves, grass, and other junk that may build up around the outdoor unit, restricting airflow. 

Frozen Pipes

In extreme cases, overuse or refrigerant leaks can cause the pipes in your HVAC system to freeze. If you notice ice formation on the pipes or around the outdoor unit, turn off the system and let it defrost. Contact a professional HVAC technician to diagnose and repair the underlying issue.

Cut or Damaged Wires

Inspect the wiring of your HVAC system to ensure there are no cut or damaged wires. A loose connection or wire that was hit by a weedwhacker can disrupt your system’s operation and poses a potential fire hazard. If you find any issues, contact a qualified HVAC technician for assistance.

Remember, these HVAC troubleshooting tips can help resolve common issues but they may not be able to address all problems. If your attempts to troubleshoot the system do not resolve the issue or if you encounter complex problems, it’s best to seek the expertise of a professional HVAC technician.

If you’re facing persistent HVAC issues or require professional assistance, Clay’s Climate Control is here to help. Our team of experienced technicians is well-versed in HVAC diagnostics and repairs. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 609-916-1106 for prompt and reliable service.

Take control of your home’s comfort by familiarizing yourself with these essential HVAC tips. By addressing minor issues quickly and knowing when to seek professional help, you can ensure a well-functioning HVAC system and a comfortable living space year-round. Call Clay’s Climate Control today at 609-916-1106 for all your HVAC needs.

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