HVAC Troubleshooting

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In need of emergency heating or cooling service? Before you call, try these simple HVAC troubleshooting tips to potentially save you the cost of an emergency service call.

 

Tried these tips and still having issues? Give us a call, 24/7/365, and we'll get your HVAC system sorted. 

Cooling Troubles? Start here:

  1. Thermostat: Is your thermostat asking your system for warm or cool air? Check the settings to ensure it is set to cool and the desired temperature is lower than the ambient temperature. 

  2. Thermostat batteries: When was the last time you changed the batteries in your thermostat? If it has been a while (more than a year), consider trying a fresh set. 

  3. Circuit Breakers: Check your primary electrical panel to ensure that the outdoor unit (condenser) and the air handler (often the unit in your attic) is receiving power. If the breakers have been tripped (turned off), try resetting them. If the breakers continue to trip do not force them to stay on. This is indicative of a larger issue and we recommend that you give us a call ASAP.

  4. Filters: Have you checked your return filters? A clogged filter can restrict airflow and hamper your system's ability to move enough air to cool your home or office. 

  5. Condenser: Have a look around the outdoor portion of your air conditioning system. The large unit outside (condenser) should have plenty of room to breathe. Ensure that debris has not landed on or around the condenser. We recommend at least a 2 foot radius of clear area around the condenser to allow it to do its job properly. 

Heating troubles? Start here:

  1. Thermostat: Is your thermostat asking your system for warm or cool air? Check the settings to ensure it is set to heat and the desired temperature is higher than the ambient temperature. 

  2. Thermostat batteries: When was the last time you changed the batteries in your thermostat? If it has been a while (more than a year), consider trying a fresh set. 

  3. Vents and baseboards: If you have forced air heat, check to ensure your vents are open and can move air freely. If you have radiant heating, ensure that the valves at the baseboards or radiators are open so that hot water can flow to them.

  4. Circuit Breakers: Check your primary electrical panel to ensure that all elements of your heating system are receiving power. If the breakers have been tripped (turned off), try resetting them. If the breakers continue to trip do not force them to stay on. This is indicative of a larger issue and we recommend that you give us a call ASAP.

  5. Filters: If you have a forced air heating system it will often share a filter with the air conditioning system. Check it to ensure that it is not dirty, and replace if necessary. A clogged filter can restrict airflow and hamper your system's ability to move enough air to heat your home or office. 

Still having trouble? Call the team at Wesco 53 any time, 24/7/365. We'll get your system running and

your home comfortable as soon as possible.