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Three Life Saving HVAC Troubleshooting Tips


In an attempt to make sure your heating and air conditioning system works properly, the following troubleshooting tips may end up being a life saver.

When it’s hot outside, you love to stay cool inside, but that’s only possible when the heating and air conditioning system is working properly. When it’s not, you may try some troubleshooting steps to see if you can fix the problem yourself. Here are three troubleshooting tips you can use when trying to figure out the problem:

#1: Check Your Thermostat

Sometimes when it seems an air conditioner or heater isn't working, they're actually working just fine. Instead, it's the thermostat that's acting up. When the thermostat isn't working as it should, it can lead to the HVAC unit turning on or shutting down when it shouldn't, or not coming on at all.

If the thermostat isn't working properly, it may need to replacing or repairing. Or it could be as simple as recalibrating it or installing new batteries.

#2: Check Your Air Filters

If you haven't replaced or cleaned the air filters from your HVAC unit in a while, they're probably really dirty and clogged. This can lead to drastically decreased air flow through your HVAC system. Besides being energy inefficient, it can lead to a heater or air conditioner underperforming, not providing the indoor temperature you desire.

#3: Disconnect Power to the HVAC Unit

If you’re especially handy or have above average home repair experience, you may want to do some more extensive heating and air conditioning troubleshooting yourself. In this situation, however, you must you know what you're doing. This includes turning off all power to the HVAC unit before doing more than a cursory examination of your air handler, compressor or condenser. If you don't, when you open up that outdoor compressor and condenser and touch the wrong component, you could die from electric shock. Again, it's best to leave this type of detailed repair work to professionals.

If your troubleshooting attempts fail to fix your heating and air conditioning system, contact the HVAC professionals at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling. We'll get things back up and running as soon as possible.

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