General Tips For Troubleshooting HVAC

18 August 2015
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In most homes, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and ventilation all play incredibly important roles. If your heater stops working, you will probably have a miserable winter. If your air conditioner kicks the bucket, then you might be in for a very sticky summer. Whenever one of these major systems has a problem, people tend to look for a professional in that specific field to handle it. However, you can actually save quite a bit of money by attempting to diagnose the problem yourself. Here are some quick tips on gauging the severity of heating, air conditioning, and ventilation problems:

Heater and Air Conditioner Problems

If your heater or AC doesn't work, your first instinct might be to blame the appliance itself and call in a pro. However, the problem might be a lot easier to handle, such as a simple problem with your circuit breaker or the thermostat.

Power outages and other common occurrences can trigger the safety mechanism in your circuit breaker, which will flip some switches to the off position. This ultimately denies electricity to the parts of the house connected to those switches. Whenever you find that electricity isn't working in parts of your house, including when your climate control is't working, your first goal should be to take a quick look at the circuit breaker. 

However, you'll also want to be a little careful about handling the circuit breaker. It isn't dangerous, but if you flip the wrong switch, then you might cut off power in a part of the house where you are doing something important, such as downloading a large file on your computer.

Another easy step you can take is to check out the thermostat. It may seem like a trivial step, but if you are not intimately familiar with the settings on your thermostat, you might accidentally turn off your AC or heater very easily.

Ventilation Problems

If you think that you have some problems with your ventilation, such as certain rooms receiving too little hot/cold air when climate control is on, then you can take a look at the problem yourself. You'll want to remove the ventilation covers in affected rooms and take a look around with a flashlight. If you can see the blockage and have a vacuum that is long enough, you might also want to clean the vent out a bit, to reduce the amount of dust blowing around.

However, most ventilation problems do require a professional touch. Most blockages are too deep for the average homeowner to reach, but professionals have specialized vacuums that are dozens of feet long and capable of easily reaching such depths.

For professional help, contact a company such as A Absolute Plumbing & Heating.