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Top 5 Problems Reported with Residential HVAC Systems

Every home that utilizes an HVAC system can quickly become uncomfortable if proper care and precautions are not taken. Many issues with HVAC systems can be avoided by simply replacing filters routinely or having a maintenance technician evaluate your system. However, if not checked, these issues can develop into bigger concerns.

Here are the top 5 problems reported with residential HVAC systems:

1. My Air Filter Is Filthy

HVAC Systems can become clogged with accumulated dirt and dust if the filter is not replaced routinely. By replacing your filter, you can not only keep your system clean, but actually extend the life of your unit. Check your HVAC air filter once a month to prevent your machine from breaking down from an unchanged filter. 90 days is the recommended time to change. So, either stock up ahead of time or look into a filter subscription service that can send them to your house on a set schedule. In doing so, you can breathe freely and allow your HVAC to work properly.

2. My Thermostat Is Malfunctioning

Different HVAC systems allow for either programmable or non-programmable thermostat settings. If malfunctioning occurs, it is likely there is an issue with how the thermostat is set. Before reaching out to a technician, reference your HVAC’s owner’s manual to review instructions for operations. Thermostats that are programmable might have batteries that need to be replaced. Though, they may require more detailed work that can be easily maneuvered by a skilled technician. Some HVAC’s have smart technology. This allows the system to adapt the temperature based on the calculated outdoor temperature and differing indoor factors. However, for those who adjust manually, we suggest setting your thermostat 10 degrees lower before getting under your covers at night. This trick can help keep your system operating regularly and even save 10 percent off your monthly heating bill!

3. My Furnace Is Making Unusual Noises

Unusual noises may be an indication of a unit’s mechanical problems. Listen for a squealing/whining motor noise, which can be a sign that the bearings in either the inducer or blower motor are failing. If this is the case, we recommend contacting an HVAC technician to replace the motor to avoid a furnace failure. Other issues that may occur due to unusual noises may be due to airflow issues or dirty burners. These signs can indicate dangerous operating conditions and should be addressed as soon as possible.

4. My Blower Is Always Running

An accidental problem that many homeowners make is keeping the fan switch on their thermostat on. If you notice your blower is always running, check the fan switch, as the motor will run continuously if this switch is left on. There are many limits on the furnace of an HVAC system, including a fan relay in the furnace that will turn the blower on if it activates the heat. If these limits do not reset or the relay sticks, the blower will not shut off. A trained technician is able to offer repair solutions after evaluating the case of your constant-running blower.

5. Water Is Leaking From My HVAC

Leakage can come from many different sources of your HVAC system. A technician will be able to determine if it originated from the air conditioner, furnace, collector box, heat exchanger, evaporator drain pan or drain pipes. These sources either produce condensation or allow for proper water drainage. Clean the clogged or cracked drain pipes by pouring bleach down the drain to clear the blockage. However, discuss repair options with a trained service technician first, to ensure that the leakage is resolved properly.

Although DIY solutions may seem tempting to the wallet, HVAC issues are best repaired by a skilled technician to protect and lengthen the life of your unit. While these issues are common, they are not often in solidarity. By reaching out to a technician, they can not only solve the issue called upon, but also evaluate your machine for other potential problems. Get answers to these HVAC system questions and any others you have by calling AGES Services Company today.