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As Atlanta, Buford, Snellville, Lawrenceville, Covington and Loganville, GA, home and business owners approach the heat of summer, you will find yourself running your air conditioning longer and more often. Relaxing in your home is a great way to beat the heat, until something goes wrong. Whether your heating and cooling unit refuses to turn on or continuously runs without pumping cool air, a broken HVAC unit can make you miserable in the summer.

Fortunately, the problem might not be as severe (or as expensive) as you think. Before you call, run these diagnostic tests to determine exactly what is wrong with your system. We may be able to understand what needs to be fixed and make sure we have the right equipment to get your HVAC system running again.

Start With the Thermostat

One of the first times homeowners notice something is wrong with their system is when they try to turn it on. Turn your thermostat on and off to make sure that it is functioning correctly, and then adjust the temperature up and down to try to get your HVAC unit to react.

If you’re trying to get your A/C service to work, lower the desired temperature a few degrees and wait a few minutes to see if the HVAC unit will respond. If not, try turning on the heat. By running these tests, you can determine if your thermostat is operating accurately and what your system responds to.

Then Check the Vents

If your unit does respond to your thermostat, the next step is to check your ducts. If you’re trying to check your cooling system, turn down the temperature cooler than you would normally want, and then feel the vents around your house to see if air is flowing out of them. If the answer is yes, then record whether the air is hot or cold.

This is typically one of the first questions we ask customers: is there air flowing out of the vents, and if so, what kind? This question alone can narrow down the list of potential issues.

To learn more about potential problems that could be causing your heating and cooling unit in Atlanta, Buford, GA and the surrounding area to malfunction, call us today at (770) 691-3162. The team at Zack Hammonds A/C Heating Refrigeration Inc. is always eager to help troubleshoot your system and provide quality HVAC maintenance to keep you cool.

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