Anytime something goes wrong with a furnace or air conditioning system; it can be a stressful situation. You might wonder whether you need professional help, but are afraid to find out if that is the case. The good news is there are a few things you can check on your own before seeking out the help of a professional HVAC repair company.
The first thing to ensure is that there is electrical power at the house. If a service technician gets there and there is no power, there’s little they can do about any problems you might have. It’s not uncommon that this happens, so it’s always worth double checking that the power is working properly before calling.
Next up, if you use gas heat, you want to make sure that you have an active gas account. This might seem obvious, but for those who move to colder areas from somewhere warm, it may not be second nature to set this up. Find out what the process is to have gas set up when you do your move.
You can also take the time to check if the air filter to your AC or your furnace has been changed. You’d be surprised to find out how important this maintenance task is. If you haven’t changed it out in a few years, it’s worth doing so. A clogged filter can restrict the amount of air that comes out and even cause the system to stop working.
Next up on easy things to check is the thermostat. If you’ve noticed that the thermostat is no longer lighting up, check the batteries. Changing them out may be all you need to do.
You can also check whether the circuit breaker has been tripped. If this has happened, you’ll want to reset the breaker. That said, breaker trips can speak to problems, so if this occurs more than once it may be time to speak with an electrician to make sure everything is operating as it should.
Finally, check the switch on the actual unit. It’s unlikely that this has been turned off, but not impossible. A child playing may have bumped it, which can turn it off and leave you without heat or air.
If none of these things help, it’s probably time to bring in an HVAC repair person. Temperature Pro in Columbus OH can stop in and see what might be causing the problem. To schedule an appointment or ask questions, you can call us at 614-532-4612.