Troubleshooting a Malfunctioning HVAC Unit

Several Things You Can Do on Your Own Prior to Calling for Professional HVAC Services

Although designed to be durable and resistant, without proper maintenance, any HVAC unit may develop problems. When this happens, the best thing you can do for your unit is to shut it down and call for professional HVAC services as soon as possible. This being said, there are several cases when you may be able to fix the problem yourself. Here is what you can do in order to troubleshoot a malfunctioning heating system.

Check for power
One of the most common reasons why a unit may not work properly is lack of power. So, the first thing you should do is check to see if your system is receiving electricity. This you may be able to assess by simply inspecting your unit’s front panel. If the display or LED lights are working then your unit has power; otherwise, check the cable, outlet, and your breaker box for problems or tripped breakers. Be aware, attempting to fix electrical problems is definitely not a good idea. If you see anything out of order, call a professional electrician.

Clean the filters
If your system is showing signs of inconsistent cooling and heating, then you should check the filters. Clogged or dirty filters can restrict the air flow between the indoor unit and the outdoor one, causing inconsistency in the level of comfort and putting stress on your unit’s internal components. If you don’t replace or clean your filters regularly, your unit may develop severe problems.

Check for leaks
Every HVAC system uses coolant. This coolant is always kept under pressure. If the system is losing pressure due to a leak in the ducts, then the entire system is compromised. Additionally, letting your unit run without coolant may lead to severe wear and tear of the internal components. So, make sure you check the level of your coolant before anything else.

If you can’t seem to figure out a solution to your problem on your own, then contact Heaney Plumbing & Heating. We offer quality and reliable HVAC services for all residents in Warren, MI and all surrounding areas. Our phone is (586) 232-9184. Call us and you won’t regret it.