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Heating & Air Conditioning Tips

When the air conditioner is blowing out warm air or the furnace isn’t turning on, how do you know when it is time to call a repair service technician? The following do-it-yourself heating and air conditioning tips can help you troubleshoot the problem and make a sound decision.

  • Troubleshoot the Problem. Home equipment may stop working for a variety of reasons, and often the solution can be very simple. First, consult the owner’s manual for the troubleshooting section. If you don’t have the owner’s manual, check the manufacturer’s website or try a website like www.consumerreports.com for a list of manufacturer’s contact information.
  • Follow the Recommendations. If the appliance issue matches the troubleshooting guide, and you are comfortable with the task, follow the recommendations provided.
  • Call a Service Professional. If the recommendation did not correct the issue, or if the task is beyond your comfort level, call a service professional to make the heating or air conditioning repair. A new HVAC system may cost thousands of dollars, so spending around $100 on a service call for a proper diagnosis and accurate estimate may make economic sense.

For more technical issues or for more information, contact a professional heating and air conditioning repair company, like BGE HOME. We can identify the problem and get your system up and running.

If your central air conditioning isn’t performing up to par or isn’t performing at all, here are some easy troubleshooting tips that you can do (if you feel comfortable) before contacting BGE HOME for a service call.

Problem Troubleshooting Tips
The compressor doesn’t turn on…
  • Check the thermostat to ensure it is in the “Cooling” mode.
  • Check to ensure the outside unit is not covered or blocked.
  • Check the fuse or breaker to ensure it is in the “On” position.
  • Check the outside disconnect switch to ensure it is in the “On” position.
  • Check that the furnace blower motor is running (the furnace blower will run in “Cooling” mode). If not, check the on / off switch at the furnace is in the “On” position.
  • Call BGE HOME, it could be a more technical issue.

 

The air conditioner runs, but isn’t cool…
  • Clear any obstructions from the vents to maximize circulation.
  • Check the air filter to make sure it is clean; dirty filters will slow air flow.
  • Check the condenser coils. For outside coils, turn the unit off, clear out the leaves or debris, and then spray the coils with water at a low pressure. For inside coils, brush and vacuum the coils until clean.
  • Call BGE HOME, it could be a refrigerant issue.

 

The air conditioner continuously runs…
  • Move any heat-generating devices away from your thermostat; they may cause your system to cool unnecessarily.

If your furnace or boiler isn’t performing up to par or isn’t performing at all, here are some easy troubleshooting tips that you can do (if you feel comfortable) before contacting BGE HOME for a service call.

Problem Troubleshooting Tips
The furnace doesn’t turn on…
  • Check the thermostat to ensure it is in the “Heating” mode.
  • Check the temperature setting is above the current indoor temperature.
  • Check the fuse or breaker to ensure it is in the “On” position.
  • Check the on / off switch at the furnace, or “Emergency” switch, is in the “On” position.
  • Call BGE HOME, it could be a more technical issue.

 

The furnace runs, but isn’t warm…
  • Clear any obstructions from the vents to maximize circulation.
  • Check the air filter to make sure it is clean; dirty filters will slow air flow.
  • Call BGE HOME, it could be a more technical issue.

 

The furnace continuously shuts off…
  •  Move any heat-generating devices away from your thermostat; they may cause your system to shut off.

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