When an HVAC stops working or seems to be on the fritz, most people’s natural reaction is to call their HVAC service company. However, you might be able to fix the problem on your own and without having to pay for a professional visit.
We’ve put together a very simple checklist of issues that could be causing problems with your HVAC system that can potentially be fixed without having to hire help.
Sometimes an HVAC Technician Visit Isn’t Needed
All too often, we come out to service a customer’s HVAC system and the kids have been messing with the thermostat or hit a switch by mistake or some other minor issue is the cause of the problem. There are times when a visit from an HVAC technician isn’t needed. We hate the idea of our customers wasting money on needless visits, so we’re encouraging all of our customers to go through this very basic list of potential issues before calling.
5 HVAC Issues to Check Before Calling for Service:
1) Check Thermostat
You’d be amazed how often settings on the Thermostat cause issues that result in a technician visit. Take a moment and check your settings before calling. It could be that a child messed with the settings or something wasn’t set correctly.
New HVAC control panels can be complicated. If you’re having problems with your thermostat control pad, ask your technician to walk you through it again during their next visit or you can find many useful walk through videos on YouTube, like this:
2) Check Batteries if Applicable
If your thermostat uses batteries and you find it isn’t lighting up, dead batteries could be to blame. Replacing these batteries is simple and doesn’t require a visit from a technician.
3) Check Circuit Breakers
If the batteries are fully charged but your system still isn’t working, check the circuit breakers or fuse box. Make sure fuses to the HVAC haven’t burned out or make sure your circuit breakers haven’t been tripped. Sometimes a jolt of electrical energy can trip a breaker, so it's worthwhile to investigate the fuse box before calling for help.
Every once in a blue moon, someone with a power outage doesn't realize the power is out and calls in to report that their HVAC isn’t working. Don’t let this happen to you.
4) Check Filters
HVAC filters should be changed every month, and this is especially true during months of heavy use, like summer and winter. If your HVAC unit doesn’t seem to be blowing sufficient air through vents, it could be the result of an clogged filter. Regularly changing filters will help your HVAC system last longer and operate more efficiently.
5) Check Indoor and Outdoor Switches
Most units have switches next to the indoor air handler and outdoor A/C unit. Occasionally a child will hit one of these switches, so if that’s a concern, check these switches before calling for HVAC service help.
Regular HVAC Maintenance Is a Must
If you neglect your HVAC system, it will only be a matter of time before you have problems. Two visits per year is ideal, and the best times of year for maintenance are spring and fall, in between the busy seasons. If two visits per year isn’t in the cards, make sure to schedule at least one visit each year.
Regular HVAC Maintenence Is Very Important!
If you're still not able to fix the issue after going through this checklist or your unit is in need of regular maintenance, contact the HVAC experts at Howell's Heating & Air.