HVAC systems are crucial in maintaining a comfortable and healthy home environment. No homeowner likes to experience issues with their HVAC system, especially in the winter. Understanding HVAC issues can empower homeowners to deal with problems early on and save them time, money, and a headache. In this Homeowner’s Guide, we’ll explore some of the most common HVAC issues and offer insights on addressing them.
8 Most Common HVAC Issues
Noisy HVAC System
A little bit of noise coming from your furnace is standard, whereas hearing banging, rattling, or squealing can indicate something is wrong. These noises may come from loose components, parts, or malfunctioning motors. Regular maintenance and lubricating moving parts can help prevent parts from wearing down and failing.
Malfunctioning thermostats can lead to inconsistencies in your home’s temperature and energy wastage. Many different thermostats out there are both programmable and non-programmable. If you believe your thermostat is acting up, it could be how it is set. Refer to your owner’s manual to ensure things are set correctly. Programmable thermostats use batteries, so replacing the batteries could be the solution. If these simple fixes don’t work, contact a professional to help.
Frequent Cycling On and Off
If your HVAC system frequently cycles intermittently, this may suggest problems with the thermostat, filter, or other underlying mechanical or electrical issues. This cycling inefficiency can decrease the level of comfort in your home and also increase energy consumption. A professional diagnosis is essential to identify and address the leading cause of this operational issue.
Pilot or Ignition Problems
Ignition problems can arise from things like a dirty pilot, flame sensor or burner, which can cause a pilot outage or delayed ignition of the burners, and you may experience heating disruptions. If the pilot light goes out frequently or fails to ignite, the HVAC system might struggle to generate consistent heat. An assessment from a qualified technician will be necessary to address these issues and restore your system’s heating capabilities.
Uneven Heating or Cooling
If you are experiencing heating or cooling problems in your home, there is a good chance that the vents may be blocked, the filters are dirty, or there are malfunctions with your thermostat. Blocked vents can restrict air flow, while dirty filters can cause fluctuations in temperature. Regular cleaning and filter replacements are the best way to address these issues.
Insufficient airflow is typically caused by clogged air filters, malfunctioning blower motors, or blocked ductwork. These issues can significantly impact your HVAC system efficiency. Inadequate airflow leads to problems like uneven heating or cooling and will strain the system, decreasing lifespan. Regular maintenance such as ductwork inspections and filter replacements are recommended to help combat issues with airflow.
Refrigerant is a blend of chemicals used in your HVAC system to absorb and release heat in your home. Corrosion, manufacturing defects, vibration-induced wear and tear, or physical damage to the system components can cause a refrigerant leak. If you suspect a refrigerant leak, a professional assessment will be needed to address the leak and restore the system’s functions.
Mechanical Wear and Tear
Over time, HVAC systems will experience mechanical wear and tear to their components. When these components become worn out, the system will become less efficient, resulting in reduced heating and cooling capabilities. Regular maintenance from a licensed professional is crucial for identifying and repairing worn-out mechanical parts, prolonging the life of your HVAC system.
Although these issues can be frustrating, there are ways to address and prevent them. Taking the time to understand the common issues will only better equip you to handle them if they ever arise.
Here at CampbellCare, we aim to deliver professional quality repair. Our technicians have years of experience and training and can quickly diagnose what is wrong with your HVAC system. We can then provide you with multiple options and a competitive quote for the repair. Contact us today with your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning questions!