In most cases, your HVAC system is comprised of both a furnace and an air conditioner. The entire household depends on the proper operation of your heating and cooling system because extreme cold and heat can be detrimental to everyone’s health. These systems are complex, and they do require a professional’s evaluation at least once a year. However, should it ever break down, there are several things you can do to troubleshoot the system before calling your trusted contractor.

Check the Filter First

An old filter can often be the cause of many HVAC issues. Before calling for help, remove your filter from the indoor unit and inspect it. It should be relatively clean for proper operation. If it’s covered in dust and debris, replace or clean it. A dirty filter only creates stress on the HVAC parts as they try to heat or cool the home.

Test Your Thermostat

The simplest reason why your HVAC might be malfunctioning is because of an improperly set thermostat. Take a look at your thermostat and set it to a temperature that will activate the system. If the system doesn’t work with an adjusted thermostat, it’s time to call the professionals.

Look for Leaks

Your HVAC system might be failing because of a cracked evaporator or broken drainage pipe. Take a look at both the indoor and outdoor units. Carefully note if any leaks are accumulating underneath the components. If you do find leaks, call a professional so that they can repair the issue in a timely manner.

Listen to the System

Every HVAC system has a distinct sound that you listen to each time it’s activated. If you notice any unusual noises, document the sound and see if it’s being caused by any obvious problems. Items stacked in front of an intake vent, for example, will create a strange sound throughout the home.

Call One Hour Air Largo for Help!

Our expert technicians at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Clearwater are always ready to serve your HVAC needs whenever necessary. We perform preventive maintenance and repairs as requested. With Florida’s weather constantly shifting, you need a reliable system every day of the year. Call us today or schedule an appointment online at your convenience.