5 HVAC Troubleshooting Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

At this point it shouldn’t be surprising that in order to have your HVAC system function effectively it needs to be properly maintained. Proper maintenance includes; regular maintenance checks, changing air filters throughout your home, and calling professionals when you detect any issues with your system. Even if you do all of these things it’s possible that your HVAC system will suffer from minor problems. What can you as a homeowner do to troubleshoot some of the issues? 

Tip 1: Check the Air Filters

You should check and replace your air filters every 2-3 months, that means you should always have a few spare air filters on hand. Changing the air filters in your home will help ensure the unit is running properly. It also helps improve your home’s air quality. Air filters that aren’t frequently changed force your system to work harder and circulate common household allergens such as pollen, debris, and pet hair. 

Tip 2: Check the Outside Unit 

It’s likely that when you think about checking your HVAC system you overlook the outside unit. However, this part of your system is extremely important as it is the central point for airflow throughout your home. Obviously because the unit is located outside debris such as leaves and branches can get stuck within the unit causing it to suffocate. Removing the debris from in and around the unit will help to keep the system running more efficiently. 

Tip 3: Monitor Your Thermostat Usage

There are a couple notes to make about your thermostat. If you suspect there may be a problem with your HVAC unit then monitoring your thermostat may answer your questions. If you set your thermostat and find that the temperature doesn’t adjust accordingly that could be a sign your unit is not functioning properly.* It’s also important to note that you should set your thermostat at a constant temperature at all times. Around 68-70 degrees is ideal year round, constant temperature fluctuation may cause problems for your system. 

*Note: If your unit doesn’t adjust properly to the temperature you set it may also be a sign that your thermostat batteries need changed. 

Tip 4: Make Sure the Unit has Power

Although this seems obvious, sometimes it won’t be obvious if you’ve lost power. During a storm or due to some issues in your area you may not realize your power is out until it gets really hot or really cold in your home. If you think the power to your unit is not on then you can do a quick check of your breaker box. 

Tip 5: Fighting High Utility Bills 

We’d all like to save some money, and saving money on your utility bills seems like a great place to start. You may find that you pay close attention to your utility bill, and there will be obvious increases during heavy usage times (i.e the summer). However, if you start seeing unexpected increases in your bill that may indicate there’s a problem with your HVAC system.

Overall, there are lots of ways that you can keep your HVAC system working its best. Not only that but these tips may help you notice an issue with your system. AC Masters recommends regular maintenance on your HVAC system by a professional to ensure the system is functioning efficiently. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to give us a call (757) 898-2894. 

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