Imagine yourself stuck in the middle of a harsh winter. You have dealt with such conditions before so you are not worried. All of a sudden you realize your heating system is not working properly. It is all because the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is having some major issues. This is not the best time to be having such problems and it could lead to some serious discomfort for you and your family. The HVAC system also plays a crucial role in building commissioning.
When you find yourself in that situation, all you can do is deal with it in the fastest and most efficient way. There is no time to lose and you cannot get back the time that you should have spent in being more prepared. All you can do now is to equip yourself with more knowledge. If you do that then you will be able to better deal with the situation if it happens again the future.
So what are the most common HVAC issues? Start with the basics and work your way towards the more complicated ones. After all, you should be able to do the simpler ones yourself. The more complicated problems will need the service of experts.
Here then are the most common problems with HVAC systems.
Lack of Basic Maintenance
The number one most common problem for HVAC is the lack of basic maintenance. You cannot neglect the proper maintenance of your heating or cooling system and expect it to perform at a high level continuously. It is a must therefore to schedule regular maintenance by a licensed contractor. Most major problems with your HVAC can be avoided if you prioritize basic maintenance. It will likely save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.
Once you start noticing that your HVAC system is not functioning, you may already be dealing with thermostat malfunction. It is the center of the system and it instructs the device to either increase or lowers the temperature. The first thing to do in this case is to check the owner’s manual. Read up on the operating instructions for the equipment. This will potentially help you save on costs. But if all else fails, then you need to call a contractor.
Dirty filters can shorten the life of your equipment. They need to be replaced regularly if you want your HVAC system to function well for a little while longer. A dirty filter has restricted airflow. This will cause your equipment to work much harder just to make sure that the flow of air in your home is maintained. Overeating is another side effect of a dirty filter.
Ignition or Pilot Problems
There are many probable causes of ignition problems. It could be caused by gas supply issues, a dirty pilot, a dirty burner, and many others. Whatever the cause, the best way to deal with it is to engage the services of a licensed contractor. They have the knowledge and the training to handle high voltage and natural gas, which are potentially dangerous.
The list above only describes some of the top problems of HVAC systems. There are many others, but the bottom line is to only ask help from certified and licensed contractors that truly know what to do in every issue.