Most people know how important an HVAC system is, but what about the potential problems? Here are five things you should be aware of to avoid major headaches.

1. Dirty Air Filter

The air filter traps dirt and pollen from the air that passes through it before it reaches the blower motor and heats up. If a dirty or clogged filter isn’t replaced in time, these particles will accumulate on coil fins and eventually cause irreparable damage to your unit. A clean filter can increase energy efficiency by almost 30%. It’s recommended to change them every month if you have pets or allergies.

2. Thermostat Malfunctions

The thermostat is the main control unit for your HVAC system. It tells the system when to run and for how long, which in turn heats up or cools down your home. Even a minor issue with your thermostat can result in widespread problems throughout the system. If your thermostat is acting up, there might be an issue with its wiring, or you may need to update it. Either way, this should always be checked by an HVAC professional.

3. Lack of Maintenance

Just like any other appliance in your home, regular maintenance for your HVAC system is essential. To get the most efficiency from your unit, it’s important to change out filters and ensure all moving parts are working correctly. A simple tune-up every year by a certified technician can extend the life of your unit, save you money on bills, and keep your family safe from unhealthy air quality.

4. Mechanical Wear and Tear

If your system has been running for a while without issues, that doesn’t mean it will continue to do so in the future. In fact, it’s more likely to have an issue as the system ages. All mechanical systems are prone to wear and tear over time, which can lead to equipment failure and a system that will not be able to provide the same level of comfort. Regular inspections and service can keep your family safe from potentially dangerous situations due to malfunctioning equipment.

5. Improper Installation

Unfortunately, many systems are improperly installed or overloaded, leading to costly repairs. For example, if the system is too small to cover your home properly for optimal comfort, it will work constantly and be unable to keep up with peak demand. When this happens, the system overheats to compensate and may shut down unexpectedly.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 84% of all houses in the country have some sort of air conditioning. Whether you own your home or are renting, it’s important to know the potential problems with air conditioners so you can have the unit properly maintained by a professional. Call us today if you have any questions about your system or want some repairs or tune-up done.