How To Fix HVAC System?
Hot and humid weather took a toll on your HVAC system and now you need to fix it. Well, you have to come to the right place. Thanks to our years of experience and utmost dedication to quality, we have been serving homeowners with reliable HVAC installation and repair services. Our mission is to enable our clients to make the most out of their investments.
One simple way is to keep a regular maintenance schedule and fix the minor problems at your earliest. While the best approach is to hire a professional for HVAC service, it is not always the most convenient option. Our residential HVAC service experts have crafted a simple and easy-to-use guide to help you fix your HVAC system on your own.
First Things First: Unplug Your HVAC System
Whether you are going to replace air filters or clean the condenser coils, the first thing you need to do is to unplug the HVAC system. You must be absolutely sure that the system is powered off before you proceed with any maintenance or repair task. It is essential to keep yourself safe from electrocution and other electrical safety hazards.
Replace The Air Filter
If you are facing problems in airflow or the system is not cooling enough, the first thing to check is its filters. Dirty and clogged filters affect the airflow, hence making the HVAC work harder. Not only do you experience hot and cold spots in your house but you pay higher energy bills. You need to determine the location of the air filter in the ductwork.
Consult the user manual to know the exact location and how to reach the air filter. Some systems have small panels that be easily lifted to access the filters. Notice the dimensions of the filter, take photographs if necessary and reset the panel. Either wash the filter or replace it with a new one and you are all good to go.
Adjust The Thermostat
More often than not, thermostat malfunctions cause HVAC problems. The good thing is that you can fix some of them on your own.
- Check the thermostat setting. A lot of homeowners hire professionals only to find out the either they or someone else from their home changed the thermostat settings and hence they are facing the issues.
- Once you are sure the thermostat is set at your required temperature, check the batteries. Replace the batteries with new ones.
- If this does not fix the issue, check the instructions manual for readjusting settings. Give us a call for emergency assistance.
Clean Supply And Return Vents
You will be amazed to know what simple cleaning can do to your HVAC performance.
- Start by removing the screws of the air ducts and return air grill plates. Cover the supply vents with paper towels.
- Adjust the thermostat to fan-on motion for effective cleaning. Knock any buildup of dust to loosen it. The handle of a long brush is good enough for the work. Now sweep the ducts with the brush and then a vacuum cleaner.
- Finish the cleaning by wiping the interiors with a damp microfiber cloth. Reach the ducts as far as you can and keep rinsing the cloth repeatedly.
- Now the clean the return registers.
- Shut off the blower fan and furnace. Clean the blower compartment and run readjust the vent covers.
Fix The Pilot Or Ignition Problems
The furnace is an important part of your HVAC system. If you are facing issues in heating your home during winters, check the pilot or ignition for blockages. Cut off the gas supply and remove the pilot assembly. Use a thin and sharp pin to clean the pilot. Get rid of the carbon build-up and soot to restore the normal function of the ignition pilot.
Clean The Evaporator Coils
You will need a garden hose, soft-bristled brush, and microfiber cloth to clean the evaporator coils. Hose off the outdoor coil to get rid of the debris buildup. Clean the indoor coils with a soft brush followed by a damp microfiber cloth. The only way to prevent this buildup is by regularly replacing the filters.
Any issues with the refrigerant levels and heat pump are best left to trained HVAC professionals. Contact us with your HVAC issues as we are ready to help you with our professional expertise.
Why Is My Air Conditioner Running But Not Cooling The House?
There can be several reasons for this. Dirt filters and clogged air ducts are the most common reason for this problem. The thermostat can be set incorrectly or the condenser unit is blocked. Make sure the outdoor unit is free of obstructions and the condenser fan is operating at its best. A damaged heat pump or a frozen condenser coil can also be the reason. Check the refrigerant levels to ensure adequate cooling. When none of these is an issue, you have to check if the HVAC system is even of the right capacity for your home.
Why Is My HVAC Not Working?
It could be as simple as a loose plug and as complex as a damaged heat pump. Start by checking the power supply and thermostat settings. Check the fuse or circuit breaker before calling in a professional. If there is no issue with the power supply and circuit breaker, we recommend you to call us. Our team of HVAC experts will get back to you and handle the issue without charging you a hefty amount as bills.