You can quickly find yourself in a costly and confusing situation if your HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and cooling) system malfunctions. Save yourself a potential headache and unexpected expenses by knowing how to take care of a few DIY HVAC solutions before you decide it’s time to call in a professional.
Today we share five of the most common HVAC issues that can usually be fixed by you with minimal expense.
1. Thermostat Won’t Work
Is your thermostat not responsive? Is there a total blank screen? There could be something wrong with the thermostat, but start with batteries first. Often overlooked, this could be the solution. Try this first before you spend money on a service visit.
If you have a programmable thermostat, the problem could be that the program is not set properly or a power outage or bad fuses caused it to turn off.
2. Reduced Air Quality or Extreme Energy Bills
Does your unit seem like it’s having to work extra hard, resulting in an obvious reduction in air quality? Are you paying a higher amount per month for energy? If you so, the fix may be as easy as changing your air filters.
When your filters are dirty or clogged, your unit has to work extra hard to circulate air. Regardless of the season, keep an eye on your filters to notice when they start to get dirty. As a rule of thumb, you can bet on replacing them about every two or three months, depending on your specific system and how many pets you have in your home.
3. Persistent Air Flow Issues
If you’ve already checked your air filter and your indoor air quality is still poor or you notice rooms aren’t heating or cooling consistently, you may need to increase air flow to your condenser unit. Locate the condensing unit outside and clear any debris that could be blocking air flow. You may need to remove weeds or vegetation that are too close to the condenser and keep a wide berth clear around the unit.
4. Signs of Mold
Living in North Texas, we deal with our fair share of humidity. And with humidity comes mold. Check for mold in your bathroom, ductwork, registers, evaporator coils, and drip pans. When you can’t see mold, you can often smell it: the strong mildew scent gives it away. If you have mold, that can spell trouble for indoor air quality, allergies, and other respiratory issues.
Tackle mild mold issues yourself with an effective mold cleaning solution or one made at home with household detergent, baking soda, borax, and bleach. Suit up with protective gear, turn off your unit, and scrub away. You’ll also want to apply a mold inhibitor once you’re done cleaning. For moldy areas greater than ten square feet, hire a professional.
We’ve shared a list of basic DIY HVAC solutions for everyday problems. If you feel your HVAC issues require more than these simple fixes, please call an HVAC professional as soon as possible. For more information on HVAC issues or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.
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