4 HVAC Troubleshooting Tips For Winter

Most people take their HVAC system for granted until something goes wrong. If your furnace breaks down on you in the middle of an Iowa winter, things can get uncomfortable fast. We recommend trying these troubleshooting tips before calling an HVAC professional.

Replace Your Filter 

It’s a good idea to always keep a few extra filters on hand. They are available at any home improvement store and are relatively inexpensive. Locate the filter on your unit and remove it. When a filter gets dirty, air from the unit won’t be able to pass through it. This will prevent the unit from properly warming your home. Now, simply replace the dirty filter with a clean one, give it an hour or two, then check to see if this resolves the issue.

Check Your Thermostat

The thermostat in your house could also be the problem. Set the temp where you want it and see if the HVAC unit adjusts accordingly. If not, the thermostat could be broken, or the batteries might be dead. Replace the batteries, and if that doesn’t work, you might need to invest in a new thermostat.

Check Your Vents

It’s no secret that the air from your HVAC comes out of the vents in the floor or ceiling. Sometimes these can become obstructed, preventing air from circulating throughout your home properly. Just take a few minutes to inspect all the vents in your home and move any obstructions that are blocking them.

Make Sure the Unit has Power

This might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t realize the power is out until the house suddenly gets cold. If you notice the HVAC isn’t working properly, check to make sure the switch next to the furnace is flipped on. You can also inspect the breaker box to make sure the house has power. This could be a quick fix that won’t cost you a dime.

Basic HVAC troubleshooting doesn’t have to be complicated. The key is to learn the tips contained here so that you and your family remain comfortable all year long. If these tips don’t resolve your furnace issues, be sure to call the professionals here at Lenz Heating and Cooling!

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