What could be causing my humidifier not to work

Humidifiers are important for attaining the right level of humidity for a home or office.

Humidity levels affect the quality of air in your space and may also determine how comfortable you and your family are. If you find yourself in a position where you must use a humidifier to balance the humidity levels in your space, you should understand when it works and know when there is an issue to worry about. In most cases, you may notice whenever the humidifier is not working since the air will be too dry, and in extreme cases, you may even be struggling with static shocks. The first thing is to find out why this is happening. The humidifier can stop working because of various reasons, including forgetting to turn the humidifier on after the last session it was used. It is also possible for the homeowner to switch it on but forget to bypass a water valve or a damper, affecting its efficiency. It is also possible that failing to clean the humidifier at least once every heating season or twice a year when using hard water can affect its efficiency and even cause its failure. Note that filters clogged with sediments will hinder the humidifier’s efficiency. Understand when to call your HVAC professional since there are issues that you cannot handle alone. For professional HVAC intervention, problems such as clogged valves, bad humidistat, bad motor, and shorted or faulty wiring need the technician to step in. However, there are those you can handle on your own, including closed water valves, turning the humidistat high enough, opening the damper bypass, and ensuring the water level is not too low. The bottom line is to know how to deal with the humidifier’s issues which means that troubleshooting is a must-have skill.

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I am suddenly getting high energy bills

I am one person who values her finances and always works with a budget.

This means that I can keep most of my expenses reasonably and avoid making unnecessary purchases.

Therefore, it was shocking and disturbing when my energy bills shot to an all-time high a few months ago. Most of my monthly recurring expenses are estimated to be at a certain level. The fact that this one went too high meant that something was off. I had maintained all other appliances as before and was sure that the spike was not a result of a changed utility. For these reasons, my first suspect was the HVAC system. I noticed that there were strange sounds a few weeks back and that the unit seemed to struggle to heat my space more. However, due to the busy nature of my job at that time, I had no chance to scrutinize the issue further. After all, it was not so evident for me to be alarmed about. However, this increased energy bill was something that was a significant concern for me. My bill had tripled in a matter of weeks, and there was no way I was going to put up with that. So, I called my HVAC specialist to check what could be a mess. He found out that my unit was well maintained since I was keen on this. I even had a schedule that ensured no checks were missed. He further investigated external causes and realized that the sudden HVAC unit overworking had been triggered by the snowdrift against the outdoor unit. This was beyond my control, but he suggested having a fence around the unit as long as it did not restrict any airflow. He also told me about the insulation to avoid any leaks.


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My heat pump is blowing cold air even when in heating mode

Thankfully, with his expertise in HVAC repairs, we were covered

My mother was always particular about the level of warmth she expected in her house during winter. She was never one to tolerate discomfort, especially when it comes to cold. I learned a lot from her, and I am always proud of never settling for less, especially when I can do something about it. So one time in winter, my family and I visited our holiday home. We looked forward to spending time together since it had been a while since we all shared a good time as a family. Everyone had grown so busy after becoming adults and having their own families that there was never enough time to meet and share a great family moment. However, this holiday, we all proposed to come together for mama’s sake as she was getting old. We chose winter since most of us would not be busy, and we knew that our family home was the warmest anyway. Unfortunately, and to the dismay of all of us, the house was cold. For some reason, the heat pump blew in cold air despite being switched on. My little brother checked the heat pump and discovered that it was running in the air conditioning mode. Thankfully, with his expertise in HVAC repairs, we were covered. He could reverse the malfunction and restore the house to the comfort level we were all used to. He checked the outdoor unit to confirm that there was no ice build-up around the outdoor unit. We were so lucky to have an HVAC specialist in our midst, as this meant having all related issues sorted out fast.

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My heat pump struggles to achieve the right temperature

Every time I step into my house and switch on the heat pump, I notice that it takes a few minutes for any changes to register.

This was not something that I had to worry about a few years back when my unit was still new.

It came on instantly, and the house would heat up immediately. However, a decade on, it seems as though the unit has to take a few days before doing what it should. Besides that, I noticed that the thermostat setting would also not get to where it was set. It would always be a few numbers less. For instance, when set at 73 degrees, the reading would stick at 69 degrees. This went on for about a week until I decided to inquire from a trusted HVAC professional. As any other responsible homeowner would, I called the serviceman that handles our HVA unit. It turns out that this was nothing to worry about. The cold winter weather tends to take a toll on every unit, especially when it is extreme. Depending on where you come from, the heat pump tends to get to a certain temperature level where it cannot keep up with heat loss, thus losing its efficiency. When this happens, there is a need for supplemental heating such as space heaters to cover for the deficit. It may take a few minutes before the heat pump can re-cycle and catch up with the temperatures set. However, such differences should not be prolonged or too frequent. Heat pumps are designed to be efficient most of the time. If you feel that it is doing the opposite, you must contact an HVAC contractor to fix it. It could be an issue of wrong thermostat calibration or low refrigerant charge, among others.



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What is happening to my heat pump – it is iced up in summer

Your heating system should work in a specific way, and when it fails to do so, it is obvious that something is wrong.

This is what happened to me in summer when my heat pump iced up.

I panicked since this was unheard of, and it is evident that something was wrong. Such an instance would be expected in winter when it snows, but it was strange to have it happening in summer when every place was hot. Panicking, I called my HVAC technician to come and check it out. The air conditioning specialist arrived one hour later and diagnosed the issue in minutes. It turns out that the thermostat’s setting was set too low. Usually, experts would recommend never setting the unit below 70 degrees. Doing so has the potential of causing indoor coils to frost and freeze up. Eventually, your ductwork will sweat and eventually cause mold and mildew. While natural cold weather can cause ice to form around the heat pump, it is definitely to be alarmed if it happens in summer. Please switch off the unit immediately and as your technician to check it out. Several causes can lead to this instance. First, you may be dealing with an issue of a faulty expansion valve. It could also be a case of the blocked orifice, blocked capillary tube, restriction, and a damaged indoor coil. You can fix it by cleaning the blocked air filters, avoiding setting the thermostat too low, and ensuring unrestricted airflow. If possible, run the AC with your windows open to avoid any excess water.

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Dealing with a frosted heat pump

Winter is not the most accessible season to have your HVAC unit running.

There is always the fear of having the unit frozen when the temperatures drop to deficient levels.

What’s more, this is not a surprising occurrence. What matters is understanding how best to tackle such a situation where your heat pump is frozen to a point where it cannot work. So what should you do when you find yourself in such a dilemma? Well, first, you need to establish the cause of the frosted heat pump. Usually, there are two categories of causes, beginning with minor and major(red flag) causes. These red-flag causes require professional HVAC intervention and include cases of low refrigerant, poor defrost relay, malfunctioning outdoor fan motor, and bad defrost thermostat and control, just to mention a few. Other not-so-serious causes of the frosting may include the outdoor coil being blocked, leading to a snowdrift. It may also be a case of the unit sinking to the ground leaving no room for ice to melt or water to drain. A leaving gutter with dripping water on top may be a contributing factor. In some cases, freezing rain may be behind this issue. Nonetheless, there are a few things you must do to redeem the unit. Remove the ice on top of the unit after switching it off. You should also repair gutters and raise the unit above ground. Always ensure that there are no leaves or ice underneath the unit. The last thing you need is for the heat pump to be blocked since restoring it will cost you money.

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Common furnace problems and how best to fix them

Furnaces are great until they need serious HVAC repairs.

Homeowners know too well that once they decide to buy a furnace for their hetign needs, there are consequent repairs and maintenance practises they must prepare for.

This means that smart homeowners are aware of some of the common issues likely to arise with their heating system, and are even aware of a few troubleshooting and practical remedies to apply in the different situations. For those who may be ew to HVAC systems, especially furnaces, it helps to understand a few of the expected errors. First you are likely to come across a cracked heat exchanger. This is a costly issue that requires the intervention of HVAC professionals with industry expertise and experience. It is also very common to have to deal with high energy bills and an overworking system simply because of dirty and clogged filters. Both of these cases require regular maintenance to overcome and fix. As long as you own a furnace, you may also want to be careful about the sounds that come from the heating unit. A good example would be a high-pitched squeal which is often indicative of a slipped or frayed blower belt.The bottomline is that each furnace malfunction and symptom has a reason behind it. You are likely to fix it fast if you know how to diagnose and ind a viable solution for it.



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Reducing HVAC system wear and tear

Over time, the heating and cooling system in your home goes through normal wear and tear that causes it to deteriorate and become less functional.

You may notice that your AC suddenly takes too long to cool the space it used to cool instantly.

For the heat pump, the chances are that you have to give it a few tries for it to heat the area you want it to. These are a few of the apparent signs of a system that is about to give up. One other sign is wear and tear that is not easy to ignore. You may start seeing obvious components wearing off and requiring repairs and replacement when the HVAC technician checks the unit for issues. While severe wear and tear can be costly to the homeowner, the good news is that one can reduce this deterioration by sticking to a few tips that many homeowners ignore. First, note that your heating and cooling unit is not very different from any other moving system with movable parts. It is vital to lubricate by oiling or greasing the movable parts. This minimizes the possibility of friction causing severe wear and tear. Besides this, you should also invest in regular maintenance to reduce the accumulation of debris and dirt, forcing the unit to work harder than it should. When the HVAC unit overworks, it strains and leads to wear and tear. Homeowners can rectify this by simply investing in regular cleaning and home maintenance such as dusting and vacuuming. While at it, it is also great to consider frequent filter changes. To avoid airflow restrictions that, in turn, may lead to overheating of the HVAC unit. Install a smart thermostat as well to help you regulate the temperatures of your home better.

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Knowing when to give up on your ductwork system

Unfortunately, due to such ignorant yet innocent neglect, the ductwork deteriorates slowly to a point where there is no going back

Ductwork can be frustrating when they stop doing the tasks they are meant to. If you constantly have to call your HVAC technician to check whether the ductwork is clean enough or if there is a different issue with it, then it is time you had a rethink about the entire system. Like all other mechanical or even electrical systems, these units have a lifespan beyond which they start to slacken and even deliver dismally. Therefore, it is essential to understand when to consider a new installation rather than constantly investing in continuous repairs that only take up your cash. However, going by timelines, your HVAC ductwork can last up to 25 years. The only problem is that it slows down by the time it is 15 years old and will probably not be what you enjoyed in the earlier years. While you can still insist on having it work for the next decade, the chances are that you will be compromising on a few other things, including the quality of the air you breathe in the house. It is also possible that the energy bills will slowly start increasing, which is not something that many homeowners love. This doesn’t mean that the ductwork cannot serve you for 25 years without hitches. It is possible. However, the reality is that most homeowners ignore the ductwork probably because it is the least difficult part of the entire HVAC system. Unfortunately, due to such ignorant yet innocent neglect, the ductwork deteriorates slowly to a point where there is no going back. Unless you are the kind of person that takes care of their ductwork religiously, then you should consider changing the unit after fifteen years. However, many homeowners can save a lot if they paid more attention to their HVAC units because they do much more than anyone imagines.




Things you can do to prepare for summer without the HVAC technician

Summers are exciting to wait for until the heat becomes too much to deal with. Most people look forward to summer because of the anticipated fashion change and that they can hang out with friends on the beach and other outdoor spots without worrying about the harsh cold. However, summers are not all that glamorous. While the freedom to spend more time outdoors exists, there is always the risk of sunburns and other adverse effects due to sunlight exposure. Fortunately, there is always a way to deal with the excess heat. All one needs to do is ensure that they are covered and safe to deal with the extra heat. This means that they must have a cooling mechanism to help them achieve this goal. It starts with owning a sound cooling system and having it run effectively. Homeowners can utilize and maximize their existing Cs in summer by preparing them for the season. There is a need to ensure that a professional HVAC technician runs a thorough tune-up session to verify the system’s efficiency. Besides that, it is also essential to ensure that every aspect of the system runs as expected. This cannot be a one-day event but rather a culmination of daily routine checks that homeowners invest time and money on. Always schedule regular maintenance and ensure that the HVAC serviceman repairs the unit when there is a slight breakdown or need for such repairs. Clear the bushes around the outdoor HVAC unit and ensure that no obstructions exist near the unit. There should be unrestricted airflow towards the unit. Maximize the AC’s cooling power. Ensure the system rests and recharges instead of having it run continuously. Invest in excellent window covers that minimize the sun’s rays from getting into your space. Install ceiling fans too.