What To Do When Your Heating And Cooling System Is Acting Up

So the weather is terrible and, of course, your heating or cooling unit has stopped working.  Heating and cooling issues are unfortunate but normal.  Before you panic and start calculating the cost of a new unit, follow these simple steps to troubleshoot your problem:

Check Your Refrigerant

A common problem that happens with A/C units is that the air stops coming out cool.  In July, this might cause you to some serious stress.  Usually, this problem is caused by low refrigerant levels.  Call your nearest or favorite air conditioning repair service if you're having this issue.  They can come to your house and check your air conditioner refrigerant levels with a special gauge.  If you are running low, it might be because of a leak in the unit, which can become a major problem if it isn't handled quickly.

Open Your Registers

Did you forget to open your heating registers when winter started?  If your house isn't heating up, it could simply be because your registers are closed.  Registers can also get blocked so make sure that there is no furniture or curtains covering them and that they are clear of debris.  You should be vacuuming your registers every month to remove dust, dirt, and pet hair that can impede airflow and reduce efficiency.  

Restart the Unit

If your unit isn't working, try turning it off and on and resetting all the switches.  Give it some time to cool down before you turn everything back on.  While you do this, check the electrical panel to make sure that the unit is receiving power.

Look for Ice

Weak airflow inside your A/C unit or low refrigerant levels can cause your refrigerant coil to freeze.  If you open your unit and see that it's frozen, turn off the air conditioning and turn on the fan to blow cool air away and let the coil defrost.  Open all vents and change your filters to ensure smooth airflow.  

If you noticed issues with your refrigerant or none of the tips on this list were helpful, it's time to contact your A/C repair service or heating contractor to take a look at your unit.  The last thing you want is to let a small problem, like a leak, become a major expense down the road.  Don't forget to get your unit serviced every year to ensure proper functioning and stay ahead of any potential issues.  

Contact a company like John Legg's Heating & Air Conditioning for more information and assistance.