Sometimes, it’s necessary to contact an HVAC professional. Other times, you can take simple actions to fix problems on your own with your HVAC system. Here are a few DIY tips to help you troubleshoot common HVAC issues.

Check for Suspicious Odors

There shouldn’t be any odd smells coming from your HVAC system. If you notice strange odors in your home, take a closer look at your system. Unusual odors include metal, burning dust, mold, rotten eggs, and burning fuel. Problems that cause these odors can be solved by a service visit from a technician at VanMech Plumbing & Heating.

Inspect the Return and Supply Vents

Return and supply vents are important parts of your HVAC system. When they’re blocked, it can affect the airflow in your home. Dirt and debris can accumulate in these areas. Check your return and supply vents for obstructions. Remove anything that may be obstructing the airflow.

Change the Batteries in the Thermostat

If your thermostat is powered by batteries, it may be time to change them. When batteries get low, it can affect your thermostat’s performance. Be sure to place the batteries in the right direction.

Change Dirty Air Filters

When was the last time you changed the filters in your HVAC system? If it has been over three months, they’re probably dirty. Old air filters can reduce your system’s efficiency. Mark your calendar to inspect the condition of your air filters every month. Keep extra filters in storage in case you need to change them. One of our technicians can also perform this task at your Vancouver property.

Check the Circuit Breaker

The electrical system in your house provides energy for different appliances. When your system gets overloaded, the circuit breaker can trip. If the switch to your HVAC system has tripped, flip it back on.