3 Things To Check Before Calling A Heat/AC Repairman

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Before You Call for Heating and Air Conditioning Repair

Nobody wants to pay their hard-earned money to a repair company to make repairs on their heater or air conditioner that they could do on their own. With some heating and air conditioning repair work, you really do need to call a service professional out to your home. However, before you do, there are few key things you can check to prevent paying for a service call unnecessarily.

*The Pilot Light in the Heater

If your gas heater has simply stopped working, you should check to see if the pilot light is still lit. A pilot light can go out for any number of reasons, and the heater will not function if the light is not lit. With most models, you can easily check to see if the pilot light is lit with a visual inspection. If it is not light, follow the user manual or download instructions off the Internet to light the pilot light.

*Check the Fuse Box

For electricity-powered heaters as well as air conditioners, you should consider checking the fuse box if either of these systems is not functioning. Fuses do get blown from time to time. They are easy to spot by simply opening your home’s fuse box. They are also easy and affordable to fix. Fuses are available at most home improvement stores, and they can be changed by simply pulling out the blown fuse and replacing it with a new fuse.

*Check the Thermostat

The thermostat controls the temperature setting for your home’s heating and air conditioning units. A thermostat typically runs on batteries, and batteries do need to be replaced from time to time. If you have not replaced the batteries for awhile, this should be done before calling a heating and cooling repair professional to your home. You can also test the thermostat itself to determine if the thermostat is bad. This should be done with care as it involves the connection of live electrical wires. You should first turn the power supply off to your home at the main fuse box. Then remove the thermostat cover. You will need to connect the red and white wires together for a heating issue or the red and green wires together for a cooling issue. If the system works when you do this, your thermostat does need to be replaced.

These basic steps can tell you if basic troubleshooting can remedy your home’s heating or cooling issues. If not, you should call a professional repair company to your home.

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