Home Warranty: Common Causes of HVAC Failure
Imagine: It's a hot day, and you're happy to note that your programmable thermostat will kick on just before you arrive home, ensuring your house is nice and cooled down.But when you walk through the door it hits you – a wave of hot, humid air that indicates something is definitely wrong with your air conditioning (AC) unit.
During the hottest days of the year, the smallest failures can cause the biggest catastrophes. And when something major goes wrong, it can mean unexpected costs for your household.
If your central AC is on the fritz, there are a few things to check before you call someone for repairs.
A faulty circuit breaker or fuse. If your HVAC won’t function at all, it could be a tripped circuit breaker. The breaker provides the flow of electricity to the unit and, often, all that's needed is a simple reset. If resetting the breaker solves the problem, the tripped breaker could have been a fluke. But if the breaker trips again, contact a professional electrician.
A sign you slacked on annual maintenance. It's important to prioritize the annual maintenance of your HVAC system because ignoring this might just negate the warranty that comes with your system.
A broken thermostat. Here's some good news: Your HVAC malfunction may not be related to the HVAC unit at all – it might be your thermostat that's to blame. Fortunately, this is one of the simplest and least expensive repairs you can make to your HVAC system.
Did you know? Some failures aren't included in your insurance policy
Some equipment faiures aren't likely to be included in your homeowners insurance policy – and it's important you know what's included in yours. Needing to have equipment repaired during warm summer months is bad enough without the shock of having to cover unexpected costs.