Technician is checking air conditioner ,measuring equipment for filling air conditioners.[/caption]Your heating and cooling system is an important part of your home, but it’s not something that will last forever. Eventually, you’ll need to hire professionals to repair or replace your system. However, there are a few common HVAC issues that you can try to fix yourself before you call us in to help!
Common HVAC Issues You Can Fix
Puddle of Water Next to the Furnace
If you see a puddle of water next to your furnace, it’s probably not a cause for alarm. This is a normal occurrence, as the furnace will produce condensation as it operates. However, if the puddle is large or if it’s accompanied by other problems, such as a musty smell, it could be a sign of a more serious issue.
To diagnose and repair why there’s water puddled up next to your furnace, you’ll need to inspect the condensate drain line. This is the pipe that carries the condensation away from the furnace. If the drain line is clogged, it will cause the condensation to back up and leak out. You can clear the drain line by using a wire hanger or a plumber’s snake.
Odd Noises During Startup or Use
If you hear odd noises coming from your HVAC system, it could be a sign of a problem. The most common cause of odd noises is a loose screw. If you hear a rattling noise, for example, it could be something as simple as a loose screw on the fan. To fix this, visually inspect your HVAC unit to see if you can locate the loose screw and tighten it. However, we strongly advise against full or even partial disassembly of your HVAC unit because you might not be able to put it back together!
High Utility Bills
If you’ve noticed that your utility bills have been higher than usual, it could be a sign of a problem with your HVAC system. One of the most common causes of high utility bills is a dirty air filter. If the air filter is dirty, it will restrict airflow, which will cause the HVAC system to work harder and use more energy. To fix a dirty filter, you’ll just need to replace it. The frequency with which you need to replace your filter will depend on the type of filter you have and how much particulate you generate in your home (with things such as pets, smoking, etc). However, most filters should be replaced every 30-60 days.
Air Conditioning Won’t Turn On
If your air conditioning won’t turn on, sometimes it’s just a problem with the thermostat. Make sure that the thermostat is set to the correct temperature and that it has fresh batteries. If the thermostat is working properly, the next thing you’ll need to check is the circuit breaker. Make sure that the circuit breaker for the HVAC system is not tripped. If the circuit breaker is not tripped, then there could be a problem with the HVAC system itself. In this case, you’ll need to call a professional to diagnose the problem.
If These Fixes Didn’t Work, It’s Time to Call Hoosier!
These are just a few of the common HVAC issues that you can fix yourself. If you’re not sure how to fix a problem, it’s always best to consult with a professional. However, if you’re feeling confident, you can save yourself some money by trying to fix these HVAC issues yourself. If you have any questions or need help with any of these issues, please contact us! We can help you get your HVAC system back up and running as soon as possible.
Call us today at 317-343-4462!