If your air conditioning or heating isn’t working properly, it could be due to poor maintenance or faulty components. You will need to call in professional maintenance when you experience a major heating problem. However, one thing is sure, that if your system is working in top condition, then there should be no reason to experience any of the following issues;
One of the most common problems with air conditioners and heat pumps is clogged filters. The filter regulates the airflow, allowing the unit to operate efficiently. If you don’t clean the filter regularly, it will restrict airflow and lower the performance of the unit. This in the long-term can cost you a tremendous amount of money and time and of course your personal comfort.
The good news is that you don’t have to call in professional help. You can clean filters yourself. If you have a central air conditioning unit, you may have to change the filter instead of cleaning it. Read the instruction manual to know when to change filters. Usually, you have to change them every few months.
When the air filter isn’t the culprit, it’s usually a problem with the window seals. Over time, these seals will become old and allow air to pass through. It will hurt the performance of your unit due to the escaped air and pressure upon the system.To fix this problem, simply reseal the unit using weatherstripping. If you are not sure how to use it, simply ask the guy at the hardware store where you bought the sealant material.
Heat pump icing
During winter, it’s common for the heat pump to be covered in white frost. However, if your entire unit is covered with ice, you have a problem. When the coils are blocked by ice, the heat pump will fail to transfer the heat efficiently. This problem, when left unattended, can damage outdoor coils, fan blades, and eventually the compressor.
To solve this problem, you may have to call in professional HVAC maintenance. Nevertheless, you should remove the ice from the top of the pump and turn it off to avoid further damage. Just make sure not to pick the ice using a sharp object.
Condenser doesn’t run
Sometimes, your unit may fail to start because the condenser won’t run. It could be due to no power or thermostat set too high or it could be a faulty element within the system. It’s important to check blown fuses and tripped circuit breakers before you call in professional help. You can also try to lower the thermostat to see if that helps. In case you still have a problem, it could be due to a faulty motor or faulty compressor. In that case, your only option is to call professional help. Do not try any of the other quick fixes found online, you could damage your system.
Unit doesn’t cool/heat
Are you unhappy with the cooling/heating? Is it inadequate?
When you have inadequate heating or cooling, it’s usually due to a unit being too small and therefore it is over working. Other reasons could be a dirty evaporator and thermostat set too high. If your unit doesn’t cool at all, you may have to check the condenser. If it’s dirty, clean its coil and fins Remove debris as it could be blocking the condenser unit. You can also have a heating/cooling problem due to a faulty compressor or low refrigerant in the system. For both these problems, the only solution is to call professional help.
Although you can fix some common heating and cooling problems on your own, it’s important to follow the regular maintenance schedule. Most of these problems are detected during routine maintenance, allowing you to fix them immediately.