HVAC Troubleshooting

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Troubleshoot problems with the HVAC, or heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, system by checking the thermostat, making sure the filter is not clogged, checking that the cut off is still in place and checking the circuit breakers. Contact an HVAC professional if all the simple fixes check out and the system is still not working, with advice from a remodeling contractor and home repair specialist in this free video on home improvements.

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Hi, I'm Tim Gipson, I'm going to talk to you about HVAC troubleshooting. Now, one of the best ways to make sure that your system maintains optimal performance whether it's in the heating cycle in the winter months or in the cooling cycle in the summer months is to make sure that you have routine maintenance done on your systems. So usually how that's worked up is you work with a company and they will inspect and make any repairs to your air conditioning system once a year, and then to your heating system once a year. And that's really the best thing you can do as far as preventative measures to keep from having your problems with your HVAC. Now if you have a situation where well, it's a little cold, then the first thing you want to do is you always want to start troubleshooting your HVAC by checking the simplest things first. So the first thing we want to do is we want to check our thermostat and make sure it is set and it's working properly and it's where it's supposed to be. The next thing would be if we're not heating well enough or not cooling well enough we could not be getting enough airflow because maybe our filter is clogged up. So we want to check our filters and make sure - and these should be changed out with these high efficiency filters - got to be changed out every two to three months - with standard filters, they ought to be changed out every month. Now, if your system is not running at all, then what you'd want to check there is there is a cut off on the side of the unit so you may want to check and make sure that that cut off is still on in the side of the unit, and the next area would be, would be to check your circuit breakers in your main panel and then also your emergency cut off that's on the exterior out by your air conditioning units. And if you check all those and you do have power and everything is working but some of the part of the system that is really recommended that you contact a professional company that has experience in HVAC systems and have them come and take a look, 'cause in the long run, and particularly if you have an ongoing contract with somebody, you'll be much better off in maintaining your system and troubleshooting your system. So I'm Tim Gipson with some tips on troubleshooting your HVAC.

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