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What Are 5 HVAC Troubleshooting Tips Every Homeowner Should Know?

Your HVAC system is used constantly in your home and must be properly maintained in order to function properly. Regular maintenance checks, changing air filters throughout your home, and calling professionals when you notice any problems with your system are all examples of proper maintenance. Even if you follow all of these steps, your HVAC system could still experience minor issues. What can you do as a homeowner to resolve some of the problems? Our experts at Morrison Plumbing have some helpful tips to share.

Tip #1: Make Sure Your Unit Has Power

Although this may seem obvious, it is not always the case when you have lost power. During a storm or because of an issue in your area, you may not realize your power is out until it becomes extremely hot or cold in your home, depending on the weather. If you suspect that the power to your unit is not turned on, check your breaker box.

Tip #2: Check Your Air Filters

Air filters should be checked and replaced every 2-3 months, which means you should always have a few spares on hand. Changing the air filters in your home will aid in the proper operation of the unit. It also helps to improve the air quality in your home. Air filters that aren’t changed on a regular basis make your system work harder and circulate common household allergens like pollen, debris, and pet hair.

Tip #3: Check Your Outside Unit

When you think about checking your HVAC system, it’s likely that you might overlook the outside unit. However, because it is the central point for airflow throughout your home, this component of your system is very important. Because the unit is outside, debris such as leaves and branches can become lodged within it, causing it to suffocate and eventually shut down. Debris removal from within and around the unit will assist in keeping the system running more efficiently. For a professional examination of your outdoor HVAC, contact our professional technicians.

Tip #4: Fight High Utility Bills

We’d all like to save money, and cutting your utility bills seems like a good place to start. You may discover when you pay closer attention to your utility bills, there are noticeable increases during peak usage periods, like the summer when we rely more heavily on contestant air conditioning. However, if you notice increases in your bill that are unexpected, this could indicate a problem with your HVAC system. Monitor your bills closely and reach out to the professionals if you spot a potential problem.

Tip #5: Monitor Your Thermostat Usage

If you suspect a problem with your HVAC unit, monitoring your thermostat may provide answers. If you set your thermostat and the temperature does not adjust as expected, this could indicate that your unit is not working properly. It’s also worth noting that your thermostat should be set to a constant temperature at all times. Year-round, a temperature of 68-70 degrees is ideal because constant temperature fluctuations may cause problems for your system.

Note: If your unit does not adjust to the temperature you set, it may be a sign that your thermostat batteries need to be replaced.


Overall, there are numerous ways to keep your HVAC system in good working order. These tips may assist you in detecting a problem with your system. At Morrison Plumbing, we recommend that your HVAC system be serviced on a regular basis by one of our professionals to ensure it is operating efficiently. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our team. You can schedule an appointment online through our user-friendly and informative website, or you can speak to one of our staff members by calling (618) 262-0446.


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