By AJ Danboise
Your HVAC unit plays an important role in the overall comfort of your home. It can be easy to forget just how important its job is until something seems broken, and the temperature is sweltering hot or bitter cold. If you are experiencing issues with your HVAC unit, you might be able to troubleshoot them yourself, or in some cases, you may need a licensed expert from AJ Danboise Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical to come to take a look.
Here are some of the most common HVAC problems, and suggestions on how you or your local HVAC expert might be able to solve them.
- Dirty Filters
Even if you have the best HVAC unit on the market, it will not operate at maximum efficiency with a dirty filter. Filters should be changed at least once every 90 days, or sometimes even as regularly as once per month. If your filter becomes too caked with dust and pollutants, your HVAC will have to work harder to maintain the airflow and cool your home. This issue has the easiest fix on the list: just make sure to check on your filter and replace it as it gets dirty.
- Refrigerant Leaks
Most HVAC units use a liquid refrigerant to cool air as it flows into your home. However, if this substance finds an escape route and leaks out of your unit, there will not be enough to chill the air adequately. Warmer air blowing into your home can be a inconvenient or even extremely uncomfortable depending on the season. If your refrigerant levels seem low, call an HVAC technician to have them assess the problem. They can compare the levels your unit is using and compare them to the manufacturer’s specifications for that HVAC.
- Thermostat Sensor Issues
The sensor inside your thermostat is used to detect the air temperature inside your home. Based on the temperature it reads, it will signal your HVAC to turn on or off. This process is designed to ensure your HVAC maintains a comfortable temperature in your home. If your air conditioner or heater does not seem to turn on when it needs to, or it turns your HVAC on and off too many times per day, your sensor might not be operating properly. A licensed HVAC professional can help you determine if the problem is with your thermostat rather than your unit.
- Ignition Problems
Sometimes elements like pilot lights, igniters, or other electrical components within your HVAC are due for a replacement. If your HVAC has issues starting, you might be able to take a look inside and diagnose the problem yourself. However, it is best to have a professional do any replacements within your unit.
- Uneven Heating or Cooling
If some parts of your home are receiving more cool air in the summer or warm air in the winter than others, the problem might not be with your HVAC. Sometimes if certain rooms don’t seem to have climate consistent with the rest of the house, it has to do with gaps in their sealing. If you can seal up these problem areas, it might improve the air flow and temperature control.
If you experience problems with your HVAC unit, AJ Danboise Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical is here to help. Contact us at (248) 600-5048.