Residential Heating and Cooling Systems are commonly referred to as HVAC. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. When you hear this term, it is referring to anything having to do with your home’s heating and cooling system. If you understand the basics about how your HVAC works, in can be helpful in troubleshooting potential problems and can also help you understand the most common problems you may encounter in your home. Don’t worry, you do not need to be and HVAC expert. Skyline Plumbing and Mechanical in Provo Utah is here to tackle any HVAC issue you may face. Whether you are in Payson, Spanish Fork, Orem, American Fork, Lindon or even further North, we can help you with all your heating and air conditioning needs.
Common Residential Air Conditioner Problems
If you live in Utah County and your air conditioner has not been serviced lately and it is not cooling your home as it should, call Skyline Plumbing and Mechanical in Provo Utah and schedule an HVAC Service. Residential Heating and Cooling Systems require routine maintenance every year and can save you money on costly repair costs resulting from an equipment failure.
A few things that can cause problems include:
- Dirty Filters: The filter in your AC unit is going to get dirty. It is filtering dirt and dust particles out of the air from outside. If there is construction going on in your area, this problem may be accelerated. Filters should be replaced every year, a clogged filter will reduce your air conditioner’s output and require it to work harder, adding more strain to the unit. Check and replace your filters each season.
- Ductwork Issues: Duct-work issues such as a clog or leak will reduce air pressure from your air vents. If this happens, air will redirect to other vents tied into the system. A hole or gap in the duct will allow the air to escape before it reaches the rooms of your house causing uneven air distribution in the home and poor performance overall.
- A Leak in Your Refrigerant: If air is blowing out of your vents, but it doesn’t feel cool, that could be a sign of low refrigerant levels. Also, if you notice water around the base of the air conditioner or leaking anywhere from it, this is a sign that you need to schedule service immediately. Build up on the copper lines could be another sign of leaking refrigerant.
- Clogged Condensor: A clogged condensor will reduce the air flow to your home resulting in poor air conditioner performance and wasted energy – which means wasted $ for you.
Common Residential Heating Problems
Heating system problems are similar to those of your air conditioning unit. There are a few things you should be aware of and watching for that might prevent your heater from operating at its peak. An HVAC system that runs poorly will not only end up costing you in heater repairs but will also cost you more in energy bills. Here are some basic heating problems home-owners experience:
- Thermostat Issues: Sometimes, the problem in residential or commercial HVAC systems is something as simple as a thermostat. Homeowners can waste a lot of money replacing equipment and troubleshooting and never think the issue could be a bad thermostat, which is sometimes the case. If you have a digital thermostat, CHECK THE BATTERIES! Programmable thermostats might be off-cycle due to dead batteries or the wrong time of day is set. Check your owner’s manual to reprogram your thermostat or call Skyline Plumbing and Mechanical for a service today!
- Pilot Light Problems (if you have a boiler unit): If your pilot light goes out, it can be re-lit by following the instructions in your boiler’s manual. The pilot light needs to stay lit so that it can burn the flame required to boil water when the thermostat calls for heat. If you don’t have the manual or don’t feel comfortable lighting the pilot, call Skyline Plumbing and Mechanical in Provo, Utah for assistance. If your pilot light continues to go out and needs to be re-lit often, there most likely is a bigger issue that needs to be addressed.
- Tripped Circuit Breaker: If your heating system doesn’t come on at all, check your circuit breaker in your electrical panel. Resetting a tripped breaker may start the system again but the cause of the issue should be investigated and not ignored. A heating system that continues to trip the circuit breaker may be working too hard to heat the home or there could be a larger electrical issue in the system. There are many factors that could cause this that should be tested to ensure your system is performing at it’s peak potential.