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DIY Air Conditioning Troubleshooting Can Save Money

Saving money on home repairs is something that most homeowners try to do. Days are long and money is short for most of us, so being able to Diagnose HVAC Problems can potentially save hard workers a lot of hard earned money. To troubleshoot an air conditioning system, the first step to take is making sure that the unit is getting power.

The occasional power blackout or a power surge can cause an air conditioner to stop working. To begin Troubleshooting Air Conditioning problems you should always start at the source of power, the breaker box. Look for any breakers flipped to the off position. The main breaker or the breaker that operates the air conditioner will be flipped in the off position if the breaker box is the source of the problem.

If all is well in the breaker box the next steps will involve checking power switches. The first switch to check will be located near the air handling unit inside the home. Due to emergency purposes a shut off switch is installed near this unit. Sometimes this switch gets accidentally hit and shuts the power off that goes to the unit.

The next switch to check will be located under the unit in the water pan area. In the event that neither of these switches is the cause there is one more switch to check. This switch is located outside near the outside unit; this switch can be bumped into the off position and shut off the power to the air conditioning system. Sometimes one of these three switches is the cause of the problem, but if not there are other things to check.

Checking the batteries in the thermostat and the air filter are two of the next things to check. After that is done, it is time to check the drain lines of the inside unit. Empty the water pan and flush the drain line to remove any possible buildup of debris. Clearing the drain lines has been the solution to thousands of air conditioner problems. An A/C Not Working is going to create an uncomfortable home, so if none of these troubleshooting tips work it is time to contact a professional HVAC company to diagnose the problem.

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Is Your HVAC System Protected From Power Surges?

Your town is experience yet another summer thunderstorm. The rain pours down, the thunder rolls on, and the lightning continues to strike. Since this same occurrence happens frequently during early summer in your area, you know your home is protected and you don’t think much about this storm. But suddenly your lights flicker and you hear a loud zapping noise. In the blink of an eye, your home’s HVAC system has experienced a power surge and is ruined.

When it comes to forces and situations homeowners need to protect their homes against, power surges are not the first things that come to mind. After all, they are rare. Some homeowners do think about power surges in the context of protecting their electronic devices and investments, such as computers, printers, telephones, television sets, and fax machines. They purchase and use power surge protecting power strips or specialized outlets that protect against power surges. However, they do not protect their home utilities or larger appliances. This can be a costly mistake that causes many hassles and headaches.

What causes a power surge?
Many different factors can cause a power surge. A power surge can be internal or external. Some of the most common causes and contributing factors to power surges are:
• Lightning and Electrical Storms

• Downed Power Lines

• Faulty Building Wiring

• Power Outages

• Cycling On or Off of larger type appliances

• Maintenance at the power plant

• Bad Electrical Components

• Aged Electrical Components
Lightning strikes are the most common causes, with over 20 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes detected per year in the 48 contiguous states of the United States.

Why are power surges damaging?
When a power surge occurs, a large dose of power is sent into the home’s electrical system. All electronic devices and appliances were only built to accept and withstand a certain voltage of power. Power surges have the potential to overload devices and appliances with power, causing them to be damaged or ruined.

Home Power Surge Protection
Protect your home utilities by calling your trusted HVAC technician today. In addition to HVAC maintenance, your HVAC professionals can provide protected for your HVAC system against damaging and costly internal and external power surges.