3 Common HVAC Problems that Can Be Prevented

Some of the HVAC system problems homeowners face in Sumter, South Carolina, are easily preventable. By caring for and maintaining your system properly, you can minimize the need for repairs or replacement of major parts. Here are three HVAC problems you can take steps to prevent.

Poor Circulation

Poor circulation is perhaps the most common problem HVAC system owners face. HVAC systems circulate air in your house through a defined loop. They bring air in, push it through the ducts, and repeat the cycle to create circulation throughout your home. A dirty filter obstructing airflow is the most common cause of poor circulation. Change or clean your HVAC system’s air filters regularly to prevent them from getting clogged with dirt and dust. Clean filters not only move air more effectively but can also improve indoor air quality.

Freezing Coils

Frozen coils are another common problem, particularly in smaller units. Coils help cool the air by absorbing the heat and moving it outside. However, coils can freeze when airflow around them slows. Clean coils regularly with a soft tool such as a toothbrush or paper towel. This will remove buildup and let air pass through at the right speed. If a coil is frozen, turn the system off to allow it to thaw and reach out to a technician. Running an HVAC system with a frozen coil can lead to more damage.

Flooding Drain Pans

Drain pans are designed to catch any moisture coming out of the unit. When HVAC systems are cooling your home’s air, a small pump at the bottom of the unit collects and pumps out residual water. To prevent drain lines from clogging, add a small amount of liquid bleach to your pump’s collection bin. Over time, it will eliminate buildup that can clog your drain lines. Also, make sure the unit’s pump gets triggered well before the pan fills up.

While you can take steps to prevent HVAC problems, have a professional check your system regularly. Call us at Air Solutions Heating and Cooling at 803-753-4830 to schedule a maintenance visit from one of our NATE-certified comfort specialists.

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