Simple Heating and Cooling Repairs

When your furnace or air conditioner breaks down you do not want to wait days or spend hundreds just to get a professional home repairman in the door to look at the problem. Taking the time to learn how to repair your thermostat can save you a lot of money and get the problem handled twice as quickly. You can also narrow down the source of the problem so if you do need to call in professional help, they can have the right tools and parts with them so the fix it a one stop job.

Fixing a Furnace

Sometimes the problem is an obvious error that is being overlooked. If you just had a power outage or it is early in the season make sure the thermostat is on and set to "heat" and check to see that the gas in on and lit. Adjust the temperature on your thermostat and see if the heat kicks on when it is raised so you know it is functioning properly. Your unit may need a battery or a wire may be loose. Also make sure you have not blown a fuse that might have shut off an electric furnace.

Check to see that all aspects of the furnace are functioning the way they should. Check the filter to see if it is clogged and holding up air flow. If you have an older unit, check to see if the chimney exhaust is clear and remove any debris. Clean around heat intake and exhaust vents outdoors, especially if you notice ice or debris piled up against the pipes. Ducts throughout your house may also be blocked, closed or leaking which can reduce air flow and make it seem like your furnace is not working.

Repairing an Air Conditioner

For both a heating and cooling unit, you may need to flush the drain lines in order to remove mold or other sediment that is causing your unit to shut down. Look for any part of your system that leads to and from the compressor that appears to be clogged and flush it out. You should also run through many of the same tests mentioned above to determine whether or not your thermostat or air conditioning unit is causing the problem before attempting to make any repairs.

Air conditioners that are malfunctioning are either suffering from electrical or mechanical problems. To determine if the electrical system is shorting out check to see if the system will turn on or if the unit is pumping hot air instead of cold. Mechanical problems often include units that are clogged or dirty, refrigerant that is leaking or a compressor motor that has burned out. If it is simply a matter of low refrigerant or a dirty coil you can easily care for this problem yourself. Any issues that involve faulty wiring or engine repair should be left to a professional unless you have previous experience with these items.

Most simple heating and cooling repairs come down to whether or not you have been maintaining the machine. If you have not cleaned out the pipes or filters in some time or there is a chance that a vent is clogged, then this should be the first place you look to see if you can get the unit functioning properly again. Taking the time to evaluate what parts of the machine are functioning properly and which appear to be malfunctioning can save you a great deal of time when trying to get your unit working again.

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