Let Us Diagnose Your Heating and Cooling in Pensacola

Published on: December 14, 2012

With Florida’s changeable weather, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems should be of concern to all area homeowners. Not only do efficient, well-maintained HVAC systems provide comfort, they also help prevent mold and mildew, maintain interior air quality and protect residents from dangerous temperature extremes. In addition, properly functioning heating and cooling systems use less energy than systems in poor repair and cost less to run. Due to the importance of heating and cooling in Pensacola, it is critical that homeowners learn to be proactive in caring for their heaters and air conditioners by recognizing and diagnosing problems at their earliest stages. This means performing regular preventative maintenance and systems checks, being alert to early warning signs of HVAC problems, addressing problems promptly and knowing when to call for professional diagnostic and repair service. 

Preventative Maintenance and Inspection

The best time for us to diagnose problems is before they become serious issues. For this reason, we recommend that you schedule preventative maintenance for your heater in the fall and your air conditioner in the spring. Seasonal maintenance appointments include tasks to prevent problems before they start as well as inspections designed to find existing problems before they become severe. A general maintenance appointment includes the following tasks:

*Checking and lubricating parts as needed.
*Checking thermostat function.
*Inspecting and changing air filters.
*Checking electrical connections.
*Inspecting drains.
*Verifying that the system turns on and off correctly.
*Checking the flue piping, burner and heat exchanger in the fall    or winter.
 *Cleaning coils, adjusting blowers and checking the refrigerant charge in the spring or summer.

Performing these simple tasks will help to keep your system functioning throughout the season, and if a problem is discovered, it can be fixed immediately.

Signs of a Potential Problem

Even with frequent system maintenance, problems sometimes occur. This is especially true of older systems. Often, homeowners do not recognize that they have problems until their systems stop working. Unfortunately, this usually occurs during the blistering heat of a Pensacola summer or the chill of a hard winter. You can help to make sure this does not happen to you by learning the early warning signs of system problems. Signs of a potential HVAC problem can be subtle, but they often include one or more of the following:

*Excessive dust.
*Rooms that are always too cold or too hot.
*Inexplicably high energy bills.
*The system running continuously.
*Noises coming from the heater or air conditioner.
*Humidity problems.
*Blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers.
* Mold or mildew on vents, walls or floors.
*Ice on vents.
*Leaking water or refrigerant.

If you notice any of these issues or have any other concerns about your HVAC system, follow up on these concerns immediately. 

Troubleshooting Problems

If you do experience a problem with your HVAC system, do not panic. Before you call for an emergency repair appointment, there are simple things you can check to determine if your problem is one you can fix yourself. A good troubleshooting checklist includes the following items:

*Confirming that the system has power.
*Checking the fuses or circuit breakers to make sure they do not need to be reset.
*Making sure the thermostat has power, is turned on and operating correctly.
*Confirming that the thermostat is correctly set.
*Checking to make sure the air filter is clean and seated correctly
*Verifying that all registers and vents are clear and unblocked.

These may seem basic, but any one of these problems could shut your system down or impair its function. Save yourself time, money and hassle by going through this checklist before you call for more advanced help.

Calling a Professional

If you have gone through the troubleshooting checklist above and still have a problem, it is time to call a professional. Make sure to keep a written record of all the steps you have taken to troubleshoot your system as well as specific details about the problem you are experiencing. Having a potentially expensive problem with your heating and cooling system is stressful, so it is easy to forget details when speaking with the technician. In addition, information sometimes gets lost in the communication process. Having a clear list of key points will aid in communication and help the technician to diagnose your problem more effectively. Also, making a list ahead of time ensures that your concerns and observations will receive the attention they deserve. 

How We Can Help

Our qualified HVAC technicians can help you diagnose problems with your system at any stage. From preventative maintenance to emergency repairs, we are confident that we can help with any HVAC issue. This is because our technicians are HVAC experts and use the latest technology and methods to find your system’s problems. After discovering the cause of your HVAC trouble and formulating a plan to address it, our technicians will give you a thorough, itemized estimate in writing and answer any questions you have. With this information, you can make an educated decision about the repair or replacement of your heating and cooling system.