You’ve just moved into your new home, and it’s time to set up the heating and cooling system. You’ve done your research and chosen the perfect system for you and your family. But just a few months later, problems start popping up—and soon enough, you’re dealing with a nightmare situation.
The good news is that homeowners can do many simple things to keep their HVAC systems working like new for years to come. Here are some common problems that occur with residential HVAC systems and what can be done to prevent them from becoming big soon.
Blocked Air Vents
The air vents in your home are an essential part of the HVAC system. They allow cool or warm air to flow into your home, and blockages can lead to poor airflow, which can cause many problems for homeowners.
Blocked vents can be caused by leaves or other debris that have gathered in them over time, as well as a dirty filter. If the vents become too clogged with dirt and debris, they may not close all the way when you turn off your furnace or A/C unit. This will result in less cold (or hot) air being pushed into your home during winter months–and more importantly–it could cause overheating!
Broken Air Filters
The first thing to do when you notice a problem with your HVAC system is to check the air filters. Air filters are a simple and inexpensive way to keep your home comfortable, but they should be replaced every three months or more frequently if you have allergies. You can also clean them in between changes if you want to extend their lifespan even further.
If you’ve noticed that the air coming out of your vents is not as cool as it once was, it may be time to clean the coils. The coils are what pull heat from the inside of your home and transfer it outside into the atmosphere.
If they become dirty or clogged with dust and debris, this process can slow down or stop altogether, causing your system to work harder than normal, resulting in higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan for your HVAC unit. Clean coils should lead to cleaner air quality–and improved comfort levels throughout your home!
Leaking ducts can cause a number of problems, including mold and mildew. They’re both types of fungus that grow in places where there’s moisture. They can cause health issues such as respiratory infections and skin irritations.
Leaky ducts also lead to energy loss because they allow warm air from your heater or air conditioner to escape into your attic. To correct the problem, you might need another piece of equipment installed in order for things like this not to happen anymore!
Clogged Drain Line
If you have a clogged drain line, it can cause water to back up into the house. The drain line may be clogged by debris or by a leaky pipe. To clear out this problem:
- Turn off all faucets in your home and make sure no one uses any water for at least an hour so that all of the pressure has been released from pipes throughout your home’s plumbing system.
- Shut off power to any circuit breakers that control hot water heaters or other appliances in your home that use water (for example, washing machines). You’ll want to do this so you don’t accidentally get shocked while working on this project!
You should regularly check your HVAC system for common problems. Signs that your HVAC system is not working properly include:
- Your home feels warmer or cooler than normal
- The air coming out of the vents feels hot or cold, depending on the season
- You hear strange noises coming from inside your unit, such as rattling and buzzing sounds that may indicate moving parts have come loose or broken
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to troubleshoot! Get in touch with us today to find out more about our services and call us for repairs.