Whether your HVAC system is working great right now or you have run into some problems, here are 5 HVAC troubleshooting tips that every homeowner should know. These tips will prepare you for steps to take when unexpected problems arise.
Check the air filters
Air filters should be replaced every 2-3 months. If you aren’t good about remembering to change your filters, try putting a reminder in your calendar and always have an extra filter on hand. Staying on top of changing your filter will help ensure that your unit stays running at full efficiency and properly. Forgetting to change it can lead to more allergens in your air and cause your system to work harder, wearing it down.
Check outdoor unit
Your outdoor unit is just as important as your indoor unit. It is the central airflow of your home. Don’t forget to check your outside unit every once in a while to see if it needs to be cleaned off or cleared of fallen debris. Removing leaves, and sticks and keeping your system clear of anything blocking it will keep your system running efficiently.
When it comes to your thermostat, you should always keep an eye on it to make sure that it is functioning properly. If you notice any unusual changes, it could indicate that there is a problem with your HVAC. Likewise, if you suspect that there is a problem with your HVAC, checking your thermostat is a good step to take. Some things to look out for include your thermostat not changing temperatures correctly or if it continues to excessively rise or lower in temperature. Keeping your thermostat at a consistent temperature year-round will help you notice sooner when these problems arise. We recommend keeping your system at 68-72 degrees.
*Note: If your thermostat is not changing temperatures correctly, it could also be a sign that the batteries need to be changed.
Check power source
This seems like an obvious point, but sometimes the temperature will gradually change without you even realizing it. When you do, it’s always essential to check the power source. Just do a quick check of your breaker box, it won't hurt!
Check your utility bills
If you are seeing unusual increases in your utility bill when the temperature has stayed consistent, this could be a sign that your HVAC needs looked at. Contact your local heating and cooling company for advice, it could help you save money in the long run!
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