We all know that our heating and cooling systems are not meant to last a lifetime, but it still certainly is frustrating when something breaks on them. We want our systems to last as long as possible, and while major issues need to be addressed and handled by professional certified technicians, there are a handful of issues you can fix all on your own.
We have compiled a list of certain HVAC issues that you could fix on your own, without having to spend money on calling a professional. If you are not 100% sure how to fix any of these problems, we always recommend consulting one of our professional certified technicians before serious damage happens.
A puddle of water next to the furnace
- If there is a puddle of water next to your furnace, the cause of this is most likely from normal operation of the machine. If there is a puddle of water sitting at the bottom of the furnace, there is probably a blockage in the tube. To fix this, you will need to inspect the tube for clogs. You can clear out the tube at no cost to you, and if necessary you could replace the tube for under $30.
Odd noises during the start up or use of the system
- If you are hearing odd noises coming from your system either during the operation or start up, this could be caused from a loose screw. All you need to do is tighten the screw!
I have oddly high utility bills
- If you see a spike in your utility bill and you are not quite sure why, it could be caused by over use of the unit due to a dirty filter or a choked condensing coil. The coil, which is located in the outside unit, can collect dust and debris causing the unit to work overtime to create the same temperature in your home. A new coil can cost anywhere between $75 and $150.
The air conditioning will not turn on
- The most common culprit to this issue is the thermostat on the incorrect setting. Check the thermostat to make sure that it is properly set to “cool” and that it does not have dead batteries. Good thing, it won’t cost you a dime to get your thermostat on the proper setting!
My home isn’t as comfortable as it was last year
- If your house does not feel as comfortable as it did a year ago, check and change the filter. Depending on a few variables like the number of people in your home, or how many pets you may have, a filter should be changed every 30-60 days. Filters can range from $5 to $20 dollars depending on the type of filter.
If any of these issues arise within your heating and cooling systems and you are not sure if you can self fix it or not, always consult a technician for professional advice. Please give us a call at 317.888.9111 for a professional opinion, or to set up an appointment with us. We offer emergency service 24/7!