If you are not familiar with your HVAC system then when something goes wrong it can be pretty scary. No one likes being stuck without a heater or air conditioning, and sometimes, if it is peak season, your local HVAC company may not be able to rush out to help you. There are some things that you can do to try and get your HVAC system backup and working, or at least troubleshoot so that you can better communicate with your HVAC company what is happening on your end. Here are two tips of what to do if your HVAC system is on the fritz!

Low Airflow or No Cool/Warm Air Emitting

Sometimes when you put your hand over the vent, you will feel barely any air coming through. That or when you feel the air you notice that it is not warm or cool, but that it is the same ambient temperature as the house. If this is the case, then you are most likely dealing with a blockage or an air leak.

If you want to fix this on your own, you want to first check your air filter. The air filter may simply be clogged. If this is the case, then you just need to replace it so that air can pass through the system correctly and into your home. The same thing applies if your filter is dirty. Fixing these things will usually fix airflow problems.

Something else that may be happening, in this case, is a duct issue. Check the ducts around your house to see if any sections have fallen or become disconnected. Sometimes, if they have become disconnected, you can reconnect them yourself but be prepared to call an HVAC specialist in this case for a more permanent fix.

System Won’t Turn On

A very frustrating problem! Usually, if your heat pump or air conditioner won’t turn on it is because no power or signal is going from your thermostat to the units.

When you troubleshoot this issue, you will want to check your thermostat. Ensure that it has power going to it and check the settings, sometimes the correct mode is not selected.

Power not getting to the thermostat is one of the biggest problems with a system that will not turn on. Go and check the breaker to make sure that it is not flipped and that the fuse has not broken. If this is the case then if you fix it the problem may go away. Check external switches as well for the outdoor condenser unit and the indoor air handler to see if they have accidentally been turned off.

At the end of the day, if you have troubleshot your HVAC system and cannot figure out the problem, then it is time to contact the experts. The team at Your Local HVAC Team are here for you if your HVAC system goes down this summer. No one wants to be stuck in the heat and if troubleshooting cannot solve your HVAC problems, then contact us so we can solve those problems for you!