I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
The HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system in your home can stop working suddenly for a lot of reasons. Here are some of the most common reasons the repair technicians find for the HVAC to stop working suddenly.
Lack of Maintenance
One of the most common reasons for the HVAC system in your home to just stop running is a lack of preventative maintenance. A lot of items in the maintenance list can stop the system from working at all, and often, they are small items like a dirty filter, a switch that is stuck, or a sensor that is no longer reading properly.
If the HVAC unit is maintained properly, the items would more than likely have shown up in the inspection and repair is possible before they shut the entire HVAC system down. The recommendation is to have the system inspected at least once a year, but every six months is better if you can afford it.
It is not uncommon at all for a thermostat to stop working suddenly. Thermostats sometimes use batteries to power them, and they are forgotten until they go dead and stop working. Other times, the thermostat just gets old and stops working the way it is supposed to.
A service technician can replace the thermostat in about 10 minutes, but if you are replacing it, you may want to look at units with more or sometimes less, functions on them. Talk to your HVAC company about what is the best replacement for you, or if you are considering installing a smart thermostat that you can control from a phone or tablet.
Clogged Air Filtration System
Clogged air filters are one of the most common things that cause an HVAC unit to stop working. The system senses airflow, or the lack of it, and will shut off to try and avoid damage to the fans. The air filters that are in the system need changing regularly, and the frequency of that may change by your lifestyle.
People with pets that shed a lot are going to need replacement air filters far sooner than someone that lives alone, does not have pets in the home, or spends most of their time out of the house. Your HVAC tech can show you where the filters are, how to change them, and they can recommend a place to get the filters so that you can change them between maintenance cycles if you need to.
Contact a company like Soco Air Conditioning today to learn more.Share
11 November 2019