Is it Hot in Here or Is it Me? 5 HVAC Troubleshooting Tips You Need to Know

woman sitting in front of fan because of HVAC system isn't working

A high-quality HVAC system that’s been expertly installed will serve you well for many years. It will keep your home comfortable so quietly that you may forget how hard it’s working…until something goes sideways.

The best way to keep things from getting uncomfortable this summer is by understanding a few basic HVAC troubleshooting tips. Keep reading to discover 5 simple questions you should ask when you notice that your HVAC system isn’t working properly:

1. Does the unit have power?

Modern appliances are quiet. Depending on what else is going on inside the house, you may not even notice that your power has gone out—especially during the day—until the indoor temperature starts to get uncomfortable. The first thing to do when you realize your HVAC isn’t working is to check the breaker box to ensure your house has power.

2. Is your thermostat set properly?

Another obvious issue with your HVAC system might be nothing more than a problem with your thermostat. Check it to be sure it’s set where you want it. Try adjusting it by a few degrees and see if that fixes the problem. If not, you may need to replace its batteries—or even have it replaced altogether.

3. Is it time to replace your HVAC filter?

The air filter is a key component of any HVAC system. When it gets clogged, air can’t pass through it efficiently, keeping the unit from cooling your home well. Replacement filters don’t cost a lot and are readily available at any hardware or big box store, so make sure you always have a few on hand. Changing out a dirty one for a clean one may be all you need to do to bring your unit back to peak performance.

4. Are your vents blocked or obstructed?

How comfortable your home is depends a lot on how well air can circulate. Because it’s so easy for floor or ceiling vents to become obstructed or even accidentally closed, do a quick inspection to be sure nothing is impeding air flow anywhere.

5. Has anything accumulated outdoors around the unit?

Leaves, tree limbs, and other debris can pile up quickly around your HVAC unit, causing it to overheat and perform poorly. Every few weeks—more often after a storm or a spell of severe weather—inspect your outdoor unit. If plant material or other debris has accumulated, using a broom to clear it away will help keep its fan running and prevent overheating.

Whether you’re a new homeowner or a veteran DIY-er, trying these HVAC troubleshooting basics may be all you need to get your unit back to peak performance. If not, Holtzople Heating & Air Conditioning has the experience, knowledge, tools, and parts to get everything working efficiently.

Interested in the regular inspections and diagnostic services you need to ward off an HVAC crisis? Look into our Comfort Club or call us at 1-866-500-HEAT. We’ll ensure that your system and accessories are in perfect operating condition year-round. Have a cool summer!