Spring HVAC Upkeep: Common Issues to Look For

Spring HVAC Upkeep: Common Issues to Look For

Especially in a place like Lehi or other nearby parts of Utah, where temperatures vary from very hot in the summer to below freezing in the winter, the seasons between those two major poles are important transitional periods. Take the spring season we're currently in, for instance: This is an ideal time for homeowners to be inspecting and maintaining their HVAC systems, either on their own or with the help of professionals, to assess any minor issues that came up during the prior winter and ensure they're handled.

At Airtime Heating & Cooling, we're happy to assist Lehi and other Utah clients with a variety of services in this area, from precision HVAC tune-ups offered seasonally to a variety of repair or replacement services depending on the needs of your system. What are some of the most common spring HVAC issues we and our clients tend to notice, and what can be done to help assess and remedy these while also preparing the entire system for the upcoming hot summer? This two-part blog will go over both areas, starting with common spring issues.

Condenser or Filter Clogs

Perhaps the single most common form of spring HVAC trouble is a clogged condenser or filter. This can be caused by everything from leaves and other debris building up over the winter to insects getting caught in the system. If not addressed, a clog can quickly lead to decreased efficiency, increased energy usage, and even system failure.

The best way to address this issue is to schedule a precision tune-up with a qualified technician; they will be able to physically inspect your system for any clogs and clear them as necessary. They may also recommend replacing the filter, depending on its condition, to help avoid this issue in the future.

Tripped Circuit Breaker

Another common issue that can arise in the springtime is a tripped circuit breaker. This may be due to an overtaxed system as it starts to work harder after a period of dormancy, or simply because there's been a dramatic change in temperature (for instance, going from winter to summer).

If your breaker has tripped, the best solution is to identify and address the root cause. If it's simply a case of the system being overworked, then adding some insulation or doing some other energy-saving measures may be all that's necessary. If there's been a dramatic change in temperature, then you'll need to adjust your HVAC system accordingly.

Thermostat Problems

Thermostats have a lifespan just like other HVAC components, and they may start to experience issues as they age. This can manifest as the thermostat not reading the temperature correctly, difficulty in programming or changing the temperature, or even intermittent failure.

If you're experiencing any of these issues, it's best to bring in a technician to diagnose and fix the problem. In some cases, it may be as simple as replacing the thermostat; in others, there may be more extensive work required.

These are just a few of the most common spring HVAC issues. If you're experiencing any problems with your system, don't hesitate to give us a call at Airtime Heating & Cooling. We'll be happy to help with these, or to detail any of our other Lehi HVAC services at your convenience.