5 HVAC troubleshooting tips that every homeowner should know

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As a Homeowner knowing some of the simple HVAC Troubleshooting Tips may save you a service call, which in return can save you money. We have designed a guide to assist you with your HVAC Unit.

In order for an HVAC system to operate efficiently, it must receive adequate maintenance. This entails conducting routine maintenance checks, replacing air filters throughout your residence, and contacting experts when you notice any problems with your system. Despite adhering to these guidelines, it is still possible for your HVAC system to experience minor issues. As a homeowner, what steps can you take to diagnose some of these problems?

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  1. Inspect the Air Filters: We advise you to regularly inspect and substitute your air filters every 2-3 months, which implies that you should always keep a few additional air filters readily available. By replacing the air filters in your residence, you will contribute to the efficient functioning of the unit. Furthermore, this practice aids in enhancing the air quality within your home. Neglecting to frequently change the air filters puts additional strain on your system and allows for the circulation of common household allergens like pollen, debris, and pet hair.
  2. Assess the Unit Outside: It is possible that when considering the inspection of your HVAC system, you tend to neglect the external unit. Nevertheless, this component plays a crucial role as it serves as the main hub for air circulation within your residence or commercial property. Due to its outdoor placement, especially in the Arizona scorching hot summer, it is susceptible to accumulating debris, or different materials, which can obstruct its proper functioning. By clearing the unit of any debris and its surroundings, you can ensure that the system operates with enhanced efficiency.
  3. Check the circuit breakers and working power supply: In the event your HVAC system is not functioning, you should inspect the circuit breakers and power supply. If the unit is receiving power, then the issue might be with the unit itself. However, if the circuit breaker for that unit trips or if a fuse blows when you’re turning it on, it could indicate that it’s not receiving sufficient power. In such a scenario, we recommended getting in touch with an electrician without any delay. Conversely, if all the circuit breakers are working correctly but you still don’t have power to your HVAC unit, contact Arizona Valley Heating & Cooling immediately.
  4. Monitor your thermostat: There are a few points to consider regarding your thermostat.
    • If you suspect any issues with your HVAC unit, monitoring your thermostat can provide answers to your issues. In case you set your thermostat and notice that the temperature doesn’t adjust accordingly, it could indicate a malfunction in your unit.
    • Additionally, it is crucial to maintain a constant temperature setting on your thermostat at all times. Ideally, keeping it around 75° – 80° degrees throughout the year is recommended, as fluctuating temperatures may cause problems for your system. (If you’re not at home during the summer, we recommend setting the temperature at 90.)
    • Please be aware that if your unit doesn’t adjust properly to the temperature you set, it could also indicate that the batteries in your thermostat need to be replaced.
  5. Check your ducts for holes, dents, or dirt: An inefficient HVAC system is frequently caused by a drafty duct, which is often overlooked when conducting HVAC Troubleshooting. In case the damage is extensive, it may be necessary to contact Arizona Valley Heating & Cooling for repairs. Nevertheless, for minor cracks and holes, a straightforward solution can be found in using a small amount of duct tape or conducting some vent cleaning.

Helpful Tip: You can check temperature splits with a laser beam tool. The temperature split should be at least 15°. A 15° to 20° good temp split.

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Still need help with your HVAC Troubleshooting, give us a call at 602-832-5786

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