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The Most Common HVAC Breakdowns

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The HVAC unit in your home is responsible for creating a comfortable and livable environment. No one wants a home that’s freezing in the cooler months, or hot and stuffy in the summer. But if the HVAC unit malfunctions, it can feel as if you’re living in the tundra or a desert.

Most of the time, you can keep your HVAC unit running smoothly with regular cleanings, which anyone can do. If your unit is starting to have some issues, however, it could be due to the following factors:

No Maintenance Has Been Done

Regular maintenance from a professional heating and cooling company can keep your HVAC unit running smoothly. Any minor issues can be fixed before they become a major (and expensive) problem down the road.

Ignoring routine maintenance checks can result in malfunctions, expensive energy bills, and overall poor performance – not to mention a major headache from the inconvenience of it all. You can save lots of money and frustration by working with professional technicians who are trained to recognize issues you may not know to look for.

The Filters Are Dirty

Even the most state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems will have difficulties operating properly if the filters aren’t changed on a regular basis. When filters get dirty, with everything from dirt to dust to pet hair, the blower can get strained or clogged, affecting your air quality.

Dirty, well-used filters can cause your entire unit to overheat, which can be dangerous. Fortunately, changing out your HVAC filters is relatively easy, and will keep your furnace in good shape for years to come. You’ll want to replace your filters every three months or follow the instructions on the filter package.

The Thermostat Settings Need to be Adjusted

Thermostats may look different depending on your home; some are programmable, others are not. Any issues you have with your HVAC unit could be due to the device settings. To find out your ideal thermostat settings, you can refer to your owner’s manual, or call a licensed technician to figure out the problem faster.

There Are Issues with the Ignition

Ignition problems can happen due to a number of factors: the pilot light could go out, or there could be an electrical issue. At some point, certain electrical parts may need replaced. Other problem areas could be due to insufficient gas supply, or just lots of use over the years – especially if you live in an older home.

Professional service technicians can diagnose ignition and pilot issues for you and handle any potentially dangerous components that involve high voltages or natural gas.

The Coils Are Dirty or Damaged

Your HVAC system can get clogged with all the elements that come through your home: dirt, dust, animal hair, etc. When the coils get clogged, the system won’t work as efficiently, causing your air conditioner to either work harder to compensate for the damage, or slowly deteriorate.

Changing your filters regularly (it’s recommended to do so every three months) can help prevent the coils from getting dirty. If your HVAC coils seem excessively dirty or brittle, you may need to call a technician to get them cleaned and serviced properly.

You Have a Tripped Breaker or a Blown Fuse

If the blower is working overtime, it’s possible that the circuit breaker was tripped by your air conditioner. This blockage could be caused by something as simple as dirt. When your AC works harder than it needs to, the energy consumption of your blower increases – and circuit breakers don’t like when that happens.

If replacing your air filter doesn’t take care of the issue, then a heating and cooling company can rule out other causes – or determine whether the entire circuit breaker is in need of repair.

A Professional Heating and Cooling Company Can Help

When in doubt, a licensed team of professional technicians can help diagnose any issues with your HVAC unit. Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric has been one of Boca Raton’s most trusted names in heating and air conditioning since 1983, and we are well equipped to handle any AC complications. To schedule a service or ask any questions, give us a call at 561-391-1048, and check us out on Facebook.