Common HVAC Problems That Can Make Your System Seem Inefficient

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Most San Francisco Bay Area homeowners don’t realize the importance of upkeep on their heating and cooling system. Like other appliances or equipment in your home, regular care is essential for your HVAC system to function properly and at its most efficient. If it seems your system isn’t working as efficiently as it once did, it could be due to one or more factors.

Some of the most common HVAC problems include:

Thermostat isn’t working properly. Many homeowners believe there’s a problem with their heater or air conditioner, when it’s actually the thermostat that’s the problem.

Clogged filter. If it seems your home is colder or warmer than usual or that the airflow isn’t as strong as it should be, it could simply be a dirty or clogged filter. This is why it’s so important to change the filter often – and it also keeps the air inside your home cleaner!

Leaks in ducts. While you probably don’t see the ducts very often, there can be leaks allowing air to escape under your home, in the walls, or wherever the ducts are located, rather than coming into your home. Our HVAC professionals can inspect your ductwork for any leaks or damage.

Dirty or frozen evaporator coils. Cleaning dirty evaporator coils is important in order to avoid other potential problems. When an evaporator coil freezes, it’s usually necessary to call in the pros. This can be caused by dirty coils, low refrigerant levels, or insufficient airflow.

Low refrigerant. Sometimes a leak can cause a low refrigerant level, which results in your system not being able to cool your home properly. Any leak should be repaired, and refrigerant restored to the right level.

If it’s simply a matter of changing a dirty filter, most Bay Area homeowners can easily take care of this task. Otherwise, it’s best to call an HVAC professional to ensure repairs are made correctly and no further damage is incurred. At Ortiz Heating & A/C our expert technicians work to detect any potential problems, and make sure your system is in the best possible condition. For installation, repair, or service, give us a call today!