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HVAC Troubleshooting tips for homeowners

5 HVAC Troubleshooting Tips for Homeowners

As spring and summer creep in on Texas, keeping your HVAC system running is essential. There is nothing worse than a hot day in Texas without AC. That’s why it is crucial to know these 5 HVAC troubleshooting tips for homeowners:

Check & Replace Your Filters 

Air filters are a vital component of your HVAC unit and are often overlooked and under appreciated. Air filters are the HVAC system’s first line of defense against dirt, pollen, dust, and even large objects that could pose a fire risk once they enter your HVAC unit; if the filter is dirty, change it out and remember, 1-inch filters need to be changed every month.

Check Your Thermostat

Even if you have a smart thermostat installed, check to see if the thermostat is functioning correctly. Set the temperate to your desired temperature and monitor the system to see if it adjusts. It could be broken or need new batteries if it does not cool to your set temperature. If the thermostat is not working, it might be time to invest in a new one. 

Check your Air Ducts

If your air ducts are damaged, leaking, or dirty, your unit may not circulate air properly. If your air ducts are installed correctly and are airtight, there isn’t much cause for concern. We recommend a thorough cleaning every few (3-5) years. This isn’t just cleaning and removing years of dust, pet hair, and dander; it is also an opportunity to assess the condition of your ductwork. We can make the necessary repairs if we discover an issue, such as a leaky air duct. This will help your HVAC system function optimally again.

Check Your Outdoor Unit

Cleaning the area around your outdoor unit is essential. Your outdoor HVAC unit should have at least 3 feet of clearance on all sides of the unit to allow it to operate efficiently and pull air in as quickly as possible. We recommend clearing out any debris in the vicinity of the outdoor unit, including branches and any dirt or grass clippings that have accumulated near the unit. This will help your unit more efficiently pull air into your home. 

Turn off the Unit 

If your unit has been running for an extended period of time, the components may have frozen, preventing them from cooling your home correctly. If your unit isn’t cooling you should turn the AC off for a while. If this doesn’t help, it is time to call the professionals. 

These are five HVAC troubleshooting tips homeowners should know, but sometimes residential units need professional help. Scheduling routine maintenance will help ensure your HVAC system runs all year efficiently. Our experts are here to help! Please schedule an appointment today to enjoy the warm weather when it gets here! 

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