With the onset of fall in Kentuckiana, the unpredictable weather brings both mild temperatures and the possibility of snow. In such times, unexpected issues with your air conditioning or heating system can arise. This article offers valuable tips to troubleshoot and solve system problems, allowing you to restore functionality without immediately seeking professional assistance.
Ensure the power is on
Homeowners commonly complain that their HVAC system is unresponsive. The lack of sounds or air circulation may be due to power-related problems, such as blown fuses, tripped circuit breakers, or damaged wires. Once these issues are resolved, the system should function normally.
Program Your Thermostat
If your AC isn’t turning on when it should, there could be an issue with your thermostat. Try setting it to the highest temperature to see if it activates the heating system. If not, consider recalibrating or replacing the thermostat, especially if you have an old dial-type one. These types of thermostats are notoriously challenging to calibrate and less efficient compared to newer smart thermostats. Taking this opportunity to upgrade would be beneficial.
For difficult-to-program digital and smart thermostats, refer to the manual for proper setup. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, it’s advisable to seek professional assistance.
Clean Or Change Your Air Filter
Dirty or clogged air filters are responsible for a surprising 90% of HVAC system failures. Regularly changing or cleaning your filter can often resolve any issues with your HVAC system. Remember to turn off the system before replacing the filter for safety reasons and to maintain optimal air quality in your home.
Un-obstruct Your Vents and Returns
Blocked or obstructed air vents and returns can hinder the proper function of your heating system. If vents are blocked by furniture, draperies, or other objects, it disrupts the even airflow throughout your home. Additionally, dirty or clogged vents and returns limit the air flow. Regularly cleaning and vacuuming your returns and vents ensures consistent air flow and improves the overall air quality in your home.
Inspect your Ductwork
Damaged or improperly installed ductwork results in air leakage and inadequate airflow. Even minor cracks or holes in your home’s ductwork can lead to high energy bills. Regularly inspect visible areas of your ductwork for any visible issues and promptly seek professional assistance if needed.