Common HVAC Issues and When To Call a Professional

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Google is lovely, but there are times when it’s decidedly unhelpful. Medical issues would be a prime example (everything from a paper cut to a stubbed toe turns out to be cancer). Another is common HVAC issues, since the pros at Ace Plumbing often find ourselves having to undo problems caused by well-intentioned do-it-yourselfers. So how can you identify common problems, and when is it time to call us?

Diagnosing HVAC Issues

As the folks at SFGate will remind you, diagnosing HVAC issues isn’t always easy. Some problems have causes that are readily apparent, while others require a professional.


Issues you can quickly identify and remedy include insufficient clearance around, or objects blocking, your registers; a tripped breaker (your HVAC system is usually on a dedicated switch); wrong thermostat settings, or a faulty thermostat; or the need for a system reset (be sure to follow instructions to the letter).


Other problems are more difficult to diagnose or address on your own. A system that’s the wrong size or one that’s too old won’t be nearly as effective as one the correct size and efficiency. Low refrigerant levels, dirty coils, or filthy ductwork all require a professional touch.


An up-to-date thermostat is also a big help. The wrong thermostat, or one that’s been improperly placed or installed, can tax even the most efficient HVAC system. The advent of “smart” thermostats is good news on a number of levels. For one thing, they save money long term because of improved efficiency. For another, Sacramento heating and air rebates are available to offset the costs, making this a no-brainer if you’re trying to make your home a more energy-efficient and comfortable place to live.

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If you’re wondering when to enlist outside assistance, a good rule of thumb is to call us if you’ve tried many of the more common diagnoses and fixes and you’re still having issues. Even if the weather’s mild, you don’t want to take chances on an HVAC system that’s not working at full capacity. Sometimes the fix is as simple as a deep cleaning or the replacement of a single part; you may also find that it’s time to replace your HVAC system, especially if it’s older or problem-prone. But don’t leave it up to guesswork — leave it to the experts.

Why Call Ace Plumbing?

So when is it time to contact Ace Plumbing? Now is as good a time as any, even — or perhaps especially — if your HVAC is running well. After all, our HVAC tune-ups ensure that it stays running its best. Otherwise, the second-best time to call us is when you need air conditioning repair in Sacramento, or the installation of a new HVAC system. We’ve helped countless Sacramento, Fair Oaks, and Folsom homeowners with their HVAC, plumbing, and sewer needs over the years, and if you’d like to be our next satisfied customer, we invite you to give us a call!