How to Diagnose and Fix an HVAC Problem


Summer is upon us, and the last thing any homeowner wants is to have one of the most common HVAC problems to deal with in the middle of a heatwave, especially when a common HVAC problem such as a dirty air filter can be fixed with just a little work and a new air filter.

Don’t get caught in the middle of a heatwave with a broken HVAC unit just because you failed to address the little problems. If you’re unsure what the most common problems are or how to deal with them, read on below for a few tips to get you started.

Dirty Air Filter 

There are a few problems caused by a dirty air filter, which should be easy for you to fix. If you’re noticing your airflow problems with your vents or your AC unit is not cooling the way it should, the first thing you should do is check your air filter. Studies have also shown that dirty filters and a dirty air conditioner can negatively affect your health.

Dirt, debris, and dust love to gather in a filter and cause blockages. It’s best to change out your air filter once a month. If you live in a dusty area or have pets inside, it’s best to change it out more often.

Check Your Thermostat

Many times the problem with your AC unit will be the thermostat. This is a simple fix. First, check to make sure your thermostat is turned from heat to cool and make the switch if this is the case.

Your HVAC unit’s thermostat has many settings, cool, heat, fan, and automatic. It’s easy to forget to change to the cool setting or flip your AC to the wrong setting in the middle of the night when you’re half asleep, and the house is hot. You’d be surprised how many times an HVAC repair professional has gone to someone’s house only to find they didn’t switch over their thermostat to the cool setting.

Check Your Outdoor Unit

One of the most common HVAC problems and one that leads to high energy bills is the outdoor unit being blocked by debris, dust, or overgrown grass and weeds. If your unit is dirty, take a water hose and gently wash it down. It’s best to make sure the unit is off before you do this to be on the safe side of things.

If cleaning the outdoor unit doesn’t help, then you might have a more serious issue. That’s when you should call a reputable company such as US Air Services Inc to inspect and repair the HVAC unit for you.

Don’t Let an HVAC Problem Get You Down

Don’t let an HVAC problem that could be fixed in a simple way get you down and cause you to have a miserable summer. The last thing you want is to wake up one summer morning in the middle of a heatwave and your AC not be working. Contact us today for all your HVAC needs.