As a homeowner, it’s crucial to have a basic understanding of how to troubleshoot common HVAC issues. Whether your unit won’t power on or you’re experiencing low airflow, having some troubleshooting knowledge can help you address these minor issues effectively.

To get started, Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric discusses three things you can do if you encounter such problems.

  1. Faulty Thermostat – One common issue homeowners encounter is a system that won’t turn on. Before assuming the worst, start by checking your thermostat batteries. Aim to inspect and replace the batteries at least once or twice a year or as the manufacturer recommends. By doing so, you’ll avoid the inconvenience of a malfunctioning HVAC system when you need it most. If you’re still encountering the same issue after replacing the batteries, it may be time to call one of our experts for further assistance.
  2. Poor Airflow – Is your system running but seems very weak? Before assuming a significant issue with your system, start with a simple and often overlooked step – checking your air filter. Over time, dust, dirt, and grime can accumulate and clog the filter, obstructing proper air circulation for cooling or heating your home. As a general guideline, replacing standard air filters every 1-3 months is recommended. Filters are relatively easy to switch out, but if you need assistance replacing the filter or you are experiencing difficulties, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d gladly replace it for you while checking your entire system.
  3. Keep An Eye on Your Energy Bill – When all else fails, pay close attention to your energy bill. If you notice a significant increase despite similar usage, it could indicate more serious underlying issues with your HVAC system. In such cases, it’s best to consult Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric who can inspect your system thoroughly and identify any potential problems causing high energy consumption.

Having some HVAC troubleshooting knowledge as a homeowner is valuable for tackling minor issues and ensuring the optimal performance of your system. However, contact Affordable Service if you encounter HVAC problems beyond your expertise. We offer 24/7 service across the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho metro area and can send a licensed professional to assist you promptly.