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2 Troubleshooting Tips for New Homeowners


Residential heating and air conditioning services can identify problems with an HVAC system, but here are some troubleshooting tips to get you started.

Is it time for some HVAC troubleshooting? If your HVAC unit doesn’t work right, you may need to use residential heating and air conditioning services. But before paying for an HVAC professional to come out and inspect your HVAC unit, you can try a few basic troubleshooting steps.

Examine the Thermostat

The thermostat is a relatively cheap and simple device, but it plays a very important role in a properly functioning HVAC system. This is because the thermostat decides when the heater or air conditioner will turn on or off. So even if your entire HVAC system is in tip-top shape, a faulty thermostat will make it appear like the HVAC unit is completely broken.

One of the first things you can do is check the batteries. Not all thermostats have batteries, but many do. If the batteries are low, the thermostat may be unable to activate your heater or air conditioner when you tell it to.

A second thing to do is recalibrate the thermostat. Over time, the thermostat may not have an accurate reading of the exact indoor temperature. For example, what the thermostat thinks is 70 degrees is actually 68 degrees.

A third thing to do is examine the thermostat’s wiring. Over the years, the wiring can degrade and make it more difficult for signals to go to and from the thermostat and HVAC unit.

Check the Air Registers

If your HVAC unit doesn’t heat or cool your home like you expect, there may not be anything wrong with the system. Instead, there could be something blocking the air vents (also known as registers). Perhaps you moved your living room rug or rearranged furniture and without knowing it, you could have blocked or accidentally closed an air register. This means the particular area isn’t getting the cool or warm air as intended. This can not only lead to uncomfortable indoor temperatures, but less air circulation in your home. Less air circulation can sometimes result in high indoor humidity levels, especially during the summer months.

For more advice on troubleshooting common homeowner HVAC problems without resorting to residential services, contact our team at Jerry’s Air Conditioning and Heating.

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