HVAC Repair Southaven, MS
Your HVAC system is important. Without it, you would never be comfortable in your own home. This means that it’s important to take care of your HVAC system. If something goes wrong with your system you’ll most likely want it fixed right away so that the temperature in your home is comfortable again.
Your HVAC system is made up of two parts: heating and air conditioning. These two parts work separately but are part of your HVAC system as a whole. This means that these two parts can break or need maintenance and repair independently of one another. This can be a good and a bad thing. If one half of the HVAC system breaks, then the other half may be fine and not need any maintenance or repair. However, if one half breaks irreparably, then you may have to replace the entire system, including the half that is still good. That is unless your system was installed and built independently of one another. It depends on how your system was set up, but either way, a broken HVAC system is a hassle.
Rather than going straight to a professional, many homeowners want to try fixing or repairing their HVAC systems themselves. This can save money, but if repaired incorrectly this can cause a lot more problems than you originally began with.
Here are some of the common problems your HVAC system may be facing and whether or not you’ll be able to repair it yourself.
AC is blowing hot air
Your air filter is dirty-
If the problem is simply a dirty air filter, then the fix will be easy. All you’ll need to do is replace the air filter. This process should be as simple as buying an air filter, taking out the old one and putting in the new one. Most air filters are cheap.
The drain line is blocked-
If your condensate drain line is blocked, then it’s possible that ice has built up within your system. If this coil is a block of ice, then the air can’t get through to your home. To fix this problem, simply turn your air conditioner off for a few hours to allow this ice to thaw and then clean out the drain line.
The system is low on refrigerant or there is a leak-
The refrigerant is what helps your system cool air down. If this is low or is leaking your system won’t be able to do its job. It’s not recommended that you fix this problem yourself because over or under filling the refrigerant can damage your system. It’s best to let a training professional take care of this problem.
There is no air coming out of the AC
If the outdoor unit or the air vents are dirty, then air won’t be able to come through. Check the outdoor unit for leaves, dirt, and other debris. Check your air vents for dust and dirt. Once you clear both of these out then try your system again. If your system still isn’t working you’ll need to call a professional.
The compressor isn’t working-
The compressor is what pumps the refrigerant through the system. If this isn’t working then the rest of the system won’t be able to work either. This is a pretty serious problem and will likely need to be replaced by a professional.
The drain line is blocked-
This problem can result in your system blowing hot air or in blowing no air at all. Take the same measures to fix this as you would if your system were blowing hot air, simply turn your air conditioner off for a few hours to allow the ice to thaw and then clean out the drain line.
The outdoor unit fan isn’t running-
If the fan on your outdoor unit isn’t running then a breaker may have been tripped. Once you reset this the fan should start running again. If it doesn’t or you hear a thumping noise, turn your AC off immediately and call a professional.
No heat coming from the heater
Clogged air filter-
The same process here applies as to when the AC is blowing hot air. Change the air filter.
Air ducts are leaking-
If your air ducts are leaking then you may be losing more heat than your furnace is producing. Leaky air ducts need to be fixed by a professional.
The thermostat was messed with-
Before calling a professional for any of these problems, make sure that nobody bumped the thermostat. You’d be surprised by how often professionals are called only to realize that this is the problem.
There are strange noises
A hissing noise could mean that your refrigerant is leaking. This may be accompanied by your system blowing hot or no air, but this isn’t always necessarily the case. Your refrigerant could have just started leaking and so no ice has yet built up. If it’s leaking because of a broken part this part will need to be replaced.
This could mean that something is loose inside your system. It may also be that the indoor blower has become unbalanced. You can take a look yourself, but unless you know what you’re looking for it will be hard to tell what needs to be fixed or repaired. You can call a professional if you can’t tell yourself what is loose.
If your system makes a screeching noise it may be caused by a failing fan motor or a problem with the compressor. These will need to be looked at by a professional.
If you hear a buzzing noise you should turn your system off immediately and call a professional. A buzzing noise may indicate a problem with electrical parts, which can spark a fire.
A rattling noise may mean that there are loose stones, debris, or screws stuck inside the system. Depending on where this debris is located and the size of it you may be able to remove it yourself.
Outdoor unit fan-
If the outdoor unit fan is making strange noises you should turn your system off immediately and call a professional. This may mean that the fan blade is unbalanced, which can cause serious damage. If left to run for a long time you may end up needing to replace the entire system.
If your system has a nasty odor coming from it this could mean stagnant water, decomposing matter (like a dead mouse or something), mold or mildew, a gas leak, or an electrical issue. For any one of these, it’s best to call a professional rather than trying to fix it yourself.
Now that you know some of the common problems with HVAC systems, hopefully, you’ll be able to decide whether or not to call a professional. If your HVAC system is having problems and you live in the Hornlake, MS area, call Southaven HVAC. Southaven HVAC has been fixing HVAC systems for a long time and will be able to fix yours with little hassle. If you want the best HVAC company in the area, give Southaven HVAC a call.