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3 Basic HVAC Troubleshooting Tips for Homeowners

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, December 07, 2017

What to do when you’re not sure what to do about heating and air conditioning troubles.

Have you ever had trouble with your heating and air conditioning? It can wreck a perfectly good mood to find that you have no heat on a chilly winter day. But no need to panic! Take a look at two common HVAC ailments and the troubleshooting tips that could help get you back in business before calling for service.

#1: The Furnace Is On, But the House Is Still Cool

If the furnace is on, but the house doesn’t seem to be getting warmer, this could indicate that your air filter is dirty. When this happens, air can’t flow effectively into the heating system, so the system doesn’t work properly. Try cleaning or replacing the air filter. You can also check the thermostat settings. If it’s set to “fan” instead of “auto” the fan will stay on, even if the heat isn’t on, making the house feel cooler.

#2: The Furnace Is Blowing Cool Air

When it's cool outside, you don't want the furnace to be making the house cooler. If you're getting cool air instead of warm, the first thing to check is the thermostat. It could have gotten set wrong or bumped to a cooler temperature. If that checks out, make sure the power is on to the heating unit. A tripped breaker may be causing the fan to blow but the heat to fail.

If your HVAC is on the blink, you might be able to fix it with some simple troubleshooting. For all other heating and air conditioning issues, contact our pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.