Your home’s HVAC system works throughout the year to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. If your HVAC system doesn’t work as intended, it can leave you shivering or sweating through the day.
Further, a malfunctioning HVAC system can cost you more in the long run, as it will end up using more electricity. Knowing what the signs associated with some of the most common HVAC issues can make it easier for you to know when to get in touch with a contractor to schedule repairs.
Keep reading for a few of the most common HVAC issues that you may experience.
Little to No Airflow is Caused by Several HVAC Issues
A primary indication that your HVAC system is not working properly is if you notice that there is very little or no airflow coming out of your vents.
This can point to a few different issues, but the most common cause is a clogged air filter. Your air filter keeps dust and other materials out of your ductwork and needs to be replaced every few months.
If your air filter is clean, however, the issue could lie with either your ducts or your fan. If the fan is broken, your HVAC system will not be able to distribute chilled or heated air around your home. You may notice that your air conditioner is icing up as a result, or your furnace is overheating and is shutting itself off as a safety precaution.
If your ducts are to blame, they are clogged with debris, which is likely affecting the air quality in your home. You’ll have to have the ducts cleaned out by a professional to remove dust and dirt that has collected.
Temperature Doesn’t Match the Thermostat
If you’ve noticed that the air coming out of your vents is not the same temperature as your thermostat, the issue will either be with the thermostat itself or the unit itself.
A damaged or old thermostat may not be functioning properly. It will not communicate with your HVAC system, leading to your unit running at the wrong level for what you want. Talk to a contractor about replacing the thermostat, especially if you have an older analog one.
Alternatively, your HVAC system may have become damaged. A refrigerant leak in your AC unit will lead to the entire unit becoming a glorified fan, whereas a burned-out heating element in your furnace will lead to the same thing. You’ll have to get a professional to take a look at your unit to diagnose these issues.
Finally, you should keep an ear out to see if your HVAC system cycles on and off frequently. This can point to a unit that is too large and powerful for the space it is trying to heat or cool.
This is a more common issue than you think, and it leads to inefficiency, as your unit will burn a ton of energy with little result. You should talk to a contractor about downsizing to a properly sized unit.
Proper Maintenance Can Stop HVAC Issues from Developing
HVAC systems are like all other appliances. They need proper and regular care to last as long as possible.
Think your system is suffering from one of the above HVAC issues? Contact us today! Our team will be able to quickly identify the problem with your unit and fix it, restoring your home’s comfort levels and saving your energy bills.