Even the most well-maintained HVAC system eventually has some problems. In today’s blog post from Comfort Solutions, we’re sharing a few of the most common problems our HVAC technicians see when we visit home and business owners in Clackamas and Portland. Continue reading to learn more, and if you’re in need of HVAC repair or other HVAC services, contact us!
Replacing your filters regularly is one of the most important things you can do. Not only will it extend the lifespan of your HVAC system, but it also ensures that the air you are breathing is fresh and clean. If your filter is dirty, it will restrict airflow and make it difficult for both hot and cool air to circulate throughout your home. This puts an additional strain on the blower, which can cause even more problems, such as overheating.
Often, when a homeowner believes that their HVAC system isn’t working, it’s actually an issue with the thermostat. Before scheduling HVAC maintenance or repair, check your owner’s manual and see if you need to replace batteries. If it is still not working, call one of our HVAC technicians and we’ll come to figure out what’s going on.
Ignition problems can be anything from a dirty pilot light, flame sensor, or short cycling. It may also be caused by a gas supply problem or just regular wear and tear to one of the ignition components. Whatever the problem is, our HVAC company can diagnosis the issue. It’s important to have problems like these handled by a professional, since it deals with natural gas and high voltage.
Dirty Condenser or Evaporator Coil
If your air conditioner isn’t working properly or you haven’t had it looked at in a while, chances are that your condenser or evaporator coils are dirty. Debris can clog the coils of your system, which will reduce the efficiency of the unit and wear it out sooner than it would if the coils were clean and well-maintained. You can clean the outdoor coil yourself by hosing it down. Just make sure you shut off the power first! If your indoor evaporator coil has become dirty, it needs to be cleaned by a trained HVAC technician.
Both air conditioners and high-efficiency furnaces produce condensation, but they can also leak if the drain lines are clogged or cracked. You can keep the drain lines clean yourself by pouring a bleach solution down the drain every so often. Other possible leaks could be caused by the collector box, heat exchanger, or the evaporator drain pan. Water leaks are a serious HVAC problem and you should have one of our technicians diagnose and repair the problem.
Wear and Tear
Even if you schedule regular HVAC maintenance with the Comfort Solutions team, your system will eventually wear down. HVAC systems are complex and have multiple mechanical components that can break down. These include belts and bearings, and even the motor itself. In order to extend the life of your system and limit wear and tear, you should schedule HVAC maintenance.
While some furnace noises are perfectly normal, there are others that are big warning signs and are caused by mechanical issues. For example, a squealing motor can be caused by blower motor failure. Other noises may be caused by airflow issues or one of the problems listed above. Whatever the cause, if you hear strange noises from your system, contact our HVAC company. Don’t ignore them, as it could lead to furnace failure.
HVAC Services – Clackamas and Portland
If you’re in need of HVAC services including HVAC maintenance or repair, look no further than Comfort Solutions Heating and Cooling. Our HVAC company has offices in Clackamas and Portland, and we serve both residential and commercial clients in the surrounding area. Our team has nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, and our HVAC contractors are continually trained on new techniques and technologies. Along with regular HVAC maintenance, we also have 24/7 emergency services and a variety of new units to fit every budget. Learn more and contact us today for a quote or to schedule service.