A home’s HVAC system is critical, especially when it comes to beating the extreme summer heat or the unbearable winter cold. In fact, a home’s heating and air conditioning system may just be one of the most important utilities – next to the electrical and plumbing system. And as the summer quickly approaches, it is becoming increasingly more important to make those repairs you have been meaning to make. The last thing you want is to be caught without your air conditioner on the first extremely hot day of the summer. When it comes to HVAC problems, there are a number of common issues that homeowners may encounter.
One of the biggest problems that homeowners may encounter with their HVAC system is an air conditioner or heater that isn’t blowing out cool or warm air – it’s just blowing out air. This is cause for concern, because it means something is wrong. Usually, though, there is a simple fix. If your heater is not blowing out warm air, it could be that your pilot light has blown out and must be relit. You may also have to clean the burner rack, which allows the pilot light to efficiently burn. If your air conditioner is not blowing out cool air, you may have to replace the refrigerant or clean the condenser coils.
Another big issue that homeowners may encounter is a thermostat that is on the fritz. A thermostat can go on the fritz for a number of reasons. There could be a simple electrical problem – a wire has burned out or has come loose. You may also have to replace the batteries in the faceplate module. If your thermostat is beyond repair, you mays simply want to replace the whole thing with a brand new programmable thermostat. There are many benefits of a programmable thermostat: your HVAC system will operate more efficiently and you will save money on your monthly utility bills.
Next, you may be experiencing a problem with leaks in your air conditioner. This is a common problem in the summer time when you have your air conditioner on full blast. If you are experiencing a leak, there is a good chance that you simply need to clean your condenser coils and then remove the excess water from the drainage pan. If you don’t remove this excess water, you could have subsequent issues with water damage and even mold.
Lastly, you should always swap out your old filter for a new one if you haven’t done so in a while. After a few months, a dirty filter can literally cause your entire unit to stop working. Eventually, the filter becomes so full of trapped dust, dander and other pollutants that the system simply shuts down. When it comes to replacing the filter – extra cartridges are easy to install and they are affordable. In fact, you should probably have a few extra filters on standby – just in case. When it comes to avoiding issues with your HVAC system, having extra filters on standby is your best line of defense.