5 HVAC Troubleshooting Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

We get it. We know you’ve got a lot of anxiety about calling an HVAC company. The question: “How much is this going to cost?” is usually top of mind.

That’s why we’re providing you with these HVAC troubleshooting tips. When your AC is blowing hot air or the system seems to be working extra hard, there are a handful of minor, safe troubleshooting steps you can take before calling us.

If these tips work, the problem was minor. If they don’t, there’s no way you are going to be able to solve the problem safely. Call us, and know that you can take advantage of our financing programs and coupons to address some of the inevitable costs.


#1) Check the air filter.

A blocked or dirty air filter can make it impossible for clean, cold air to circulate around your home. 

Cleaning your reusable filter or changing your disposable one can fix the problem fast. 

We recommend either marking your calendars for a DIY filter change or signing up for one of our service plans to ensure you get regular filter changes. 


#2) Check the outdoor unit for debris and blockages

Sometimes, you step outside only to find your outdoor unit positively buried under a massive pile of leaves. While it’s easy to forget about your outdoor unit, it’s nevertheless imperative to keep it clean and clear of blockages. 

Clean the area around the unit, then see how your HVAC system is doing. 


#3) Check the circuit breaker. 

When the circuit breakers trip, the HVAC system goes off, and this can be easy to miss if the circuit breaker hasn’t imposed a house-wide power outage.

Flip the breakers and wait a few minutes to see if the system comes back to life. 


#4) Check the vents. 

The vents, ducts, and grills can easily become blocked on any HVAC system. If you can gently clean them out and get them put back into place, you may notice significant improvements in how your system functions.

Note that furniture, rugs, toys, and other household items can block vents sometimes. Move them away! 


#5) Check the thermostat.

It’s goofy, but it’s true. Sometimes, someone turns the thermostat up, down, or off. Certain brands of thermostats require batteries, and the batteries die. 

Try making an adjustment and see what happens. 


Troubleshooting didn’t help? Give us a call! 

Once it’s clear that troubleshooting isn’t getting the job done, it’s time to call the friendly professionals at Dalton AC & Heating. We’re here to help, and we’ll always recommend repairs that are mindful of your wallet. We recommend replacements only after exploring all avenues for getting your existing system up and running again.

It might not be as bad as you think. Why not call us to see what we can do for you? We’ll give you a no-surprises quote and a solid understanding of what’s actually happening to your system. Contact us today! 

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