Fixing Common HVAC Problems on Your Own
Most heating and air conditioning problems can and should only be repaired by technicians from a licensed residential HVAC service & repair company in McKinney, TX like Go Heating, Air & Plumbing — the number one HVAC repair and service company in McKinney, TX, and surrounding areas.
Anything that involves dealing with gas or electrical issues, for example, can present hazards that only a trained professional can deal with safely. There are, however, some problems that can be fixed by a homeowner or headed off by performing routine home maintenance. Of course, if you’re not sure, you can always contact Go Heating, Air & Plumbing, and ask for our advice.
Easy DIY HVAC Repair and Maintenance Tips
There are a number of simple, easy-to-perform types of maintenance that any homeowner can do on their own to keep their HVAC system running properly. Here are just a few that we recommend.
Clean and Replace Filters
Filters are easy to remove, clean, or replace. They are also comparatively inexpensive and require very little time or effort to clean, and even less to replace. We suggest that you clean or replace your systems’ filters at least once every three months. If you have pets, clean or replace them every two months, as loose pet hair can clog up a filter very quickly.
Clogged filters block airflow, which means your equipment has to work harder — and use more expensive energy — to heat or cool your home. It can also cause serious problems that need attention from a licensed HVAC repair tech in McKinney, TX.
Replace Thermostat Batteries (Or Replace Old Thermostats)
Many thermostats fail simply because their batteries are low. (We can’t tell you how many times we’ve made a repair call when the only problem was a dead battery in a thermostat). Replacing those batteries is usually very simple. Even if you no longer have the printed manual handy, you can usually check online to see how to do so correctly.
Older thermostats should also be replaced with newer, smarter, and more energy-efficient models. Most of these modern thermostats also come with instructions on how to install them yourself.
Check the Circuit Breakers and Safety Switches
An overworked air conditioner or heating unit will draw more amps than usual (or is safe). When it does so, the system will trip a circuit breaker or a safety switch.
So, before picking up the phone call Go Heating, Air & Plumbing take a look at your circuit breaker panel and flip any tripped circuit breakers. That might just do the trick. If it doesn’t, or if the breaker keeps flipping, then you have a more serious problem, one that requires the services of someone who knows HVAC repairs — someone like the highly trained, experienced technicians here at Go Heating, Air & Plumbing.
Check for Blockages at Vents, Along Ducts, and Around Compressors
Many heating and cooling issues come down to blockages affecting either airflow or the condenser. Outdoors, ice, leaves, tall grass, or other debris can be the culprit. Indoors, a piece of indoor ductwork may have become disconnected or dented.
Most vents, ducts, compressors, and condensers can be checked easily, although some may be in difficult-to-access areas such as crawl spaces. Again, that’s where a trained HVAC technician may be your best bet.
Whatever the case, DIYers should always take proper precautions when attempting to fix HVAC issues on their own. Getting advice from the professionals at Go Heating, Air & Plumbing is the first place to start. We are the best in McKinney, TX for all of your heating supply and repair needs. We specialize in heating and A/C repair in McKinney, TX as well as maintenance service designed to help prevent problems and ensure it’s working at its most efficient — and in doing so lower your home air conditioning and heating bills.