5 HVAC Issues You Can Troubleshoot on Your Own

Most people hear the word ‘HVAC’ and ‘D.I.Y’ and have a minor panic attack – “I don’t know anything about heating and air conditioning systems, how do you expect me to know what I’m doing?” Yet, making minor repairs, updates, and upgrades on your heating and air conditioning unit is much easier than you think. It is much easier than performing a tune up on your car. Not only that, but finding solutions to your own problems will save you a lot of money in the long run. While you might want to call in the professionals when you are absolutely unsure of something, you can typically perform many tasks on your own. Here are 5 HVAC issues you can troubleshoot on your own.

  1. Broken thermostat. This is one of the most common HVAC problems. If your air conditioner stops working – out of the blue – it might be your thermostat, which is a much easier fix than you think. Most of the time the thermostat breaks for one of two reasons: a breaker comes lose, or it had a short circuit. The fix: simply pull the thermostat off the wall and push the breaker back in or hit the reset button.
  2. Dirty filter. This is often one of the easiest fixes. Air conditioning filters get dirty because the air that passes through them is full of pollutants – the filter’s job is to collect the pollutants so that they don’t circulate throughout your home. In fact, it is recommended to clean or replace the filter every six months or so – more frequently if you are blasting the air conditioner to beat the summer heat. Air conditioning filters are incredibly affordable – at most only a few dollars.
  3. Ductwork issues. The ductwork of our heating and air conditioning systems is an integral component. This is why cleaning and patching up any leaks in the ductwork is so important. After a while, our ductwork can start to accumulate things like dust, dander, and mold. If you notice any uneven cooling or heating in your home – or if you notice your allergy symptoms flaring up – chances are that you need to do a thorough cleaning of your ductwork. While you are at it, you should search for and patch up any leaks as well.
  4. Uneven cooling and heating. If you start to notice high energy bills and uneven temperatures from one room to the next in your home, you might have a number of problems that you need to look into. For instance, when it comes to¬†proper installation, your HVAC specialist should have looked at the system’s specifications to see if it’s the right size for the square footage of your home. If your system is too small or too big, you could have an uneven cooling and heating problem.
  5. Outside fan is not spinning. If the outside fan of your HVAC system is not working, chances are that you have some sort of debris that is getting in the way. If this is the case, turn off the system and reach your hand inside to see if there are any branches, leaves or even small animals. Just don’t forget to wear gloves! Once you remove whatever is blocking the fan from spinning, your system should go right back to normal.

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