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HVAC Troubleshooting Tips And Solutions You Can Use

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 @ 08:14 AM

hvac troubleshooting tipsThe components of your heating and cooling system play a major role in the day-to-day comfort of your household. But most Cleveland homeowners don’t give this equipment much thought -- unless they are experiencing system problems. With proper system maintenance, though, many of these problems could easily be avoided.

For the homeowner who doesn’t maintain a routine professional maintenance schedule, system inefficiency may be the rule instead of the exception, which makes spotting equipment problems a real challenge. If you’re one of those homeowners, here are some common indicators of heating and cooling equipment problems:

  • Check your filter.  This is the number one issue for homeowners.  It is very easy to forget.  If the filter gets too dirty, it has a significantly bad impact on almost all aspects of your home comfort system.
  • Age. Advances in technology have made older systems relatively inefficient. If components of your HVAC system are 10 years or older, a high-efficiency replacement could equal significant long-term energy savings.
  • System noise. Increases in system noise can indicate improper installation or a failing system component -- a blower motor, for example. To prevent unnecessary damage, shut down your equipment and consult a technician.
  • Comfort issues. Inconsistent temperatures, excessive dust and humidity fluctuations are all indicators of HVAC equipment problems. Whether your problem is a clogged condensate drain or leaky ductwork, a professional can help you solve it.  Other answers might include more insulation, ductwork repair or whole-house ventilation. For added climate control, you may consider zoning systems and programmable thermostats.
  • Odors. Foul odors can be the result of moisture buildup from high humidity levels. Improper flue function is something you'll usually notice because of the smell. If you’re experiencing combustion smells or smoke backup from the chimney, a professional should be consulted immediately. Exposure to such spillage can be deadly if not caught in time. 
  • Household renovations. During the renovation process, it's not uncommon to unintentionally upset the pressure balances within the home. If you’re planning household renovations, consult an HVAC technician early in the process to prevent such occurrences.  Also, more frequent filter changes can be needed owing to the upheaval from the construction process i.e. sanding and plaster work for example.

If you’re experiencing heating and cooling equipment problems, let our NATE-certified technicians assess the situation and help you determine a course of action. For expert consultation, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling.

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Topics: system maintenance, hvac, hvac maintenance, NATE-certified

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