If you are like most American’s, you take your air conditioning unit and HVAC system for granted. You expect your home to be the comfortable temperature you expect it to be, year round, without exception. However, there are times when you find your system is not working like it should. Before you panic, however, there are some steps you can take on your own to try to find the root of the problem. Hold off on calling your HVAC contractor until you try these steps to diagnose HVAC problems on your own:
1. Does your home have power?
This step may seem like a no-brainer, but there have been homeowners who panicked at the first sign of their a/c not working and called for service before checking their power. Many HVAC contractors have come on service calls only to find that the power is out to the entire home, explaining the problem of the HVAC not working as it should. Before you call anyone, simply turn on a light in your home or check a digital clock to see if your home has power in the first place.
2. Does the thermostat have batteries?
It might simply be time to change or check the batters on your thermostat. If your thermostat is not displaying anything, it could be that it just needs new batteries. Save yourself the embarrassment and expense and check the batteries before dialing for help.
3. Has the HVAC breaker been tripped?
Find your breaker box and specifically check the breaker that leads to the HVAC system. If this particular breaker has been tripped, you will need to take the time to reset it. If it breaks again after already being reset, contact an electrician. Breakers trip for safety reasons, meaning if it happens a second time you likely have an electric or some other problem on your hands. Many times the breaker ends up not being the culprit, but something pulling more electricity than it should.
If you complete these steps for troubleshooting air conditioning and still do not have luck getting your HVAC system working again, it might be time to call for help. Contact your trusted HVAC contractor for help repairing and servicing your system.