You want to be comfortable which means that you want to be cool when it is hot outside, and you want to be warm when it is cold outside. Your home likely has an HVAC system, also known as your heating, ventilation and cooling system. It not only cleans your air as it passed through a filter, but it also cools and warms the air to keep you and your family comfortable. You obviously know the importance of your heating and cooling systems and how much you depend on them to keep you happy. Unfortunately, they do not always work the way that they should, and sometimes your furnace or air conditioner will break down. Not only is it inconvenient, but it also means that you will be quite uncomfortable, unless you are lucky and it is not too hot or cold outside when your system decides to quit on you.
Sometimes you can get it up and running on your own again, but if you have tried everything and you still can’t get it to work, you will need to call HVAC repair to get the problem fixed. First off, you should check your filter. It is a very easy and inexpensive fix if that is, indeed, the issue. A simple filter that is clogged up can actually cause the whole system to overheat which could get it to go into a “safe” mode. If your unit is in this “safe” mode, it will distribute unconditioned air around. As a rule of thumb, you should change your filter every month to ensure that this doesn’t happen and that your system is running smoothly.
You should also check the thermostat. You are basically checking to make sure that it is reading the way that it should. You can purchase a cheap thermometer and compare it to the reading on yours to see if they are the same. If it is off, you will need to recalibrate the system. There are normally instructions in your owner’s manual. If you don’t have it, you can typically find out how on the internet. If the temperature is correct, you might have an inefficiency issue.
Sometimes you can get an obstruction in your ductwork, and this will block airflow. Possible obstructions could include curtains, bed sheets, or some dampers may not be opened up. There could also be something stuck inside of the ductwork. If you can’t figure out what the obstruction is, you will have to call a professional.
Another thing to check is if the coils under the outdoor unit are clear of any dirt or debris. If the unit can’t dissipate heat the way that it is intended to, it will not be able to cool your home properly or efficiently.
You should also check the circuit breaker box because you may have simply blown a fuse. If it continues to happen, though, you will need to contact an HVAC expert. It could be an indication that your system is working too hard.
You should never tamper with wires, or remove cover plates. Not only will you void the warranty but it is also very dangerous, and you could get seriously injured. If you do end up having to repair your system, you could be looking at a fairly steep bill, but many companies offer flexible financing plan so that you can work the cost into your budget. There is no need to suffer through the heat of summer or freeze when it is cold out.
In the event that your troubleshooting has proven to be futile, you can call an HVAC technician to get it fixed. If you are trying to figure out what the problem is yourself but it is getting too complicated, or you simply do not wish to do it yourself, do not be hesitant to call in the pros. Something that could take you hours to figure out could be a quick job for them since they do this type of work all the time and they know exactly what to look for.
An HVAC technician will have the tools and the expertise to get your furnace or air conditioner working again and will also be able to make sure that everything is fine-tuned and running as efficiently as it should be.