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Troubleshooting Common HVAC Issues

Is your system not turning on? Or are you experiencing little to no air flow? There are a few things that you can try that may get your system back up and functioning until you can have one of our technicians out to take a look. These simple steps can help you save time and money by resolving simple, common issues you can fix yourself!

Remember – if basic troubleshooting is not effective – we strongly recommend that you call us for service right away. An improperly functioning HVAC system can experience premature breakdowns, unexpected failures, and could even be unsafe to operate in your home.

Quick Fix #1: Check Your HVAC Air Filter

One thing you can try is to change out your air filter. A dirty filter can cause your system and its main components to work harder than it needs to. It’s important to make sure that the filter is changed every month. A helpful tip is to hold the filter towards a light, or shine a flashlight through it. If you can’t see any light coming through the filter – It’s time for a filter change. Some filters may advertise for helping with allergens but they can restrict airflow through the system. The best filter to use is a more affordable pleated filter. To learn more about filters, check out our blog, “How Often Should I Change My Air Filter?”

Quick Fix #2: Check Your Thermostat Batteries

Have you checked the thermostat batteries? Or did you recently try to install a smart thermostat? Your thermostat may need new batteries or may not be wired correctly, if it was recently installed. If you change the batteries and the unit still isn’t working, we recommend having one of our certified HVAC technicians come out to take a look at the wiring and the system to properly diagnose the problem.

Quick Fix #3: Check Your Breakers/Power

If a breaker has tripped, it’s possible that simply flicking the breaker back on again could restore your system’s operation (if it wasn’t receiving power, that is.)

Remember though, that simply turning the breaker back on WILL NOT FIX any underlying issues with your system that could be causing the breaker to trip, such as bad electrical components, a bad compressor, etc. If you are repeatedly tripping breakers, we recommend that you schedule a service call right away.

Also – if you have any suspicion that there are electrical issues in your home, we recommend that you contact an electrician ASAP!

How To Avoid Last Minute HVAC Issues?

When was the last time you had routine maintenance on your unit? Many of our customers wonder whether they really do need routine maintenance even though their HVAC unit is only a few years old. The answer is…. Yes! Just like a car and most appliances, it’s important to have someone come out and check over the main components of the unit to ensure the system isn’t in need of major repairs. We check your filter and let you know if it needs to be replaced, tighten electrical connections, check electrical components, and many additional steps of a multi-point check. Routine maintenance can increase efficiency and help to maintain the lifespan of the unit – and also helps avoid costly repairs that could have been avoided! Call us 24/7 at 224-419-5324 to schedule service.

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