When your HVAC unit isn’t working as expected, it can be a daunting task to call for help. In some cases, you may be able to remedy the issue without needing to get a professional involved. However, knowing when you can do it yourself versus knowing when it’s best to get expert help is key in making sure you don’t cause more damage than necessary.
Here are three things to look out for that may warrant a call to an HVAC specialist.
Your unit is not cooling your home enough or at all.
If the HVAC system turns on but is not pumping out cold air, then there are a few things you can do to try to troubleshoot the problem. First, make sure all vents are opened and unblocked, also check the air filter and ensure that it is installed properly and cleaned. If these are done and it doesn’t fix the problem, then it could be an electrical or fan problem that can only be properly addressed by an HVAC technician.
Your unit is leaking water.
Any leaky appliance should be taken seriously at the first sign of trouble. Water that is allowed to stand or pool can start to cause severe water damage. If your HVAC unit is leaking water, this could mean that the drain is clogged, which is causing water to back up into your home instead of being expelled outside. You can try using a wet vacuum to unclog the line, but be careful not to cause damage to the line. If this does not remedy the problem, then it is likely that your condensate pump needs to be replaced.
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The key is in spotting trouble early and keeping vents and air filters clean.
Your unit won’t stop running.
If you encounter your HVAC unit running around the clock, then it could be because of a dirty air filter. With a dirty filter, it may be hard for your home to regulate the temperature accurately which can cause your unit to work in overdrive. Try replacing the filter and ensuring that it is properly installed. If you notice that this does not help, then you want to schedule an HVAC expert to come and inspect your thermostat and/or the unit’s fan.
With so many moving parts that must work in perfect unison, it’s not uncommon for something to go awry with your HVAC system. The key is in spotting trouble early and keeping vents and air filters clean. The more preventative maintenance you can do, the longer the life of your air conditioning and heating units will be. If you’re ever unsure how to fix a problem happening with your home’s HVAC system, err on the side of caution and have an HVAC professional come and thoroughly inspect your unit.