3 Of The Most Common HVAC Problems
by The Cooling Company, on Dec 9, 2015 2:13:24 AM
An HVAC problem can be a serious issue for a Las Vegas household during both summer and winter months. It's easy to panic when something seems out of the ordinary, especially during extreme seasonal conditions.
It's helpful to be aware of some of the most common problems so that you can do some preliminary troubleshooting before you call for help. In some cases, a simple adjustment is all that is needed. In other cases, you may confirm your need for service.
Commonly Reported HVAC Problems
1. System Isn't Blowing Hot or Cold Enough
The temperature of the air coming from your ducts might seem too warm or too cold based on the season and the situation. If your air conditioner or heat pump is blowing warm air during the summer months, you may want to check your air filter to be sure that it isn't clogged.
Additionally, you may find that a layer of grime has accumulated on the evaporator coils, inhibiting the heat exchange needed to cool the air in the home. This is typically handled through routine maintenance, which requires the assistance of an HVAC professional.
If the air seems too cold during winter operation, you may find that this is simply due to the fact that a heat pump delivers air that may range from 85 to 92 degrees in temperature, much cooler than body temperature. The air will still be comfortable, but it will not be as hot as that emanating from a furnace. Use a thermometer to determine the actual temperature before calling for service.
If you have discovered that the air coming from your ducts is actually warmer or colder than expected, be sure to check your thermostat settings. An unnoticed change in settings could result in the wrong action occurring. Weak thermostat batteries could also create such an issue.
2. Not Enough Air Coming from Ducts
If the airflow in part or all of your home seems weak, there could be a problem at the air handler or in the ducts. Your evaporator coils or air filter could be dirty, which might prevent good air movement. You may also have a blockage in the ducts, especially if the air movement is stronger in some rooms than in others. An air filter change can be handled without professional help, but coil cleaning and duct inspections require professional assistance.
3. System Doesn't Operate
If your equipment won't function at all, verify that the thermostat settings are correct. Check fuse boxes and fuel supplies to determine whether there is an outage. Follow reset protocol only if this is recommended in your owner's literature.
At The Cooling Company, we are pleased to provide high-quality service for a wide range of HVAC problems. You can call us for 24/7 emergency service in the Las Vegas Valley.