As the seasons start to transition, keeping your home at a comfortable temperature can be tricky. You might want to use both your AC and heater but switching between the two can sometimes cause a little damage. So, we’ve put together some top tips to help you safely switch, helping you keep your home at the perfect temperature.

Switching Safely Between Your AC and Heater

Don’t listen to the myths that say you can’t switch between AC and heater systems. Using both is perfectly acceptable as long as you do everything correctly.

Switching between the two without using the correct procedures won’t necessarily lead to an unworkable HVAC system. But it can result in higher energy bills and premature maintenance repairs.

Follow the suggested simple steps, and your home will be at a comfortable temperature, no matter the weather.

Switch Only when the System has Completed its Current cycle

The first thing you need to do before switching is wait for your current cycle to finish. If you try to do it in the middle of a cycle, your system will have to stop what it’s doing and use a lot of unnecessary energy to switch gears.

Turn your thermostat to auto and wait for the cycle to end. Then switch the thermostat off. Wait at least 5 minutes before switching it to heat or AC, and remember, only change the temperature by a few degrees. Following these processes will prevent overload and save on your energy bills.

If You Want to Save Energy and Extend the Life of Your HVAC Unit, Don’t Let it Short-Cycle

Short-cycling occurs when a thermostat calls for heat or air conditioning too frequently. For example, the constant switching from air-conditioning to heating can cause short cycling.

Short cycling causes your HVAC system to work harder than necessary. It can also cause some parts of your system—like the compressor and fans—to wear out sooner than expected. In other words, you end up with higher energy bills and possible repair costs.

The solution is to let your air conditioner or heater run for as long as possible before turning it off again and switching. Reducing the number of switches also prevents wear and tear.

Here are Some Steps to Take if Your Compressor Locks Up

The compressor is responsible for keeping the system’s refrigerant compressed and ready to be used. If the compressor is locked up, it will not be able to function correctly, and it can cause damage to your system. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to fix this problem before having to replace your entire unit.

Check for Leaks

If you have recently installed new parts on your HVAC unit, such as a new condenser or evaporator coil, then it may leak. First, remove all refrigerant lines from the compressor and set them aside safely to check for leaks. Next, turn on your A/C system while closely watching the lines for any signs of bubbles (this indicates a leak). Once you are sure, there are no leaks in any of the lines or fittings, reconnect everything back together and see if your compressor starts working again.

Check for Loose Wiring Connections

Another reason why an HVAC compressor may lock up could be because of a loose wiring connection. If you understand electrics, you may be able to check this yourself.

The bottom line is that if you don’t understand your HVAC system, ask a professional to check it for you. You don’t want to risk causing more damage to the system, or more importantly, you don’t want to put yourself at risk.

Keep your HVAC System in Tip-Top Shape by Scheduling Regular HVAC Maintenance

HVAC systems routine maintenance and it’s not something you should slack on. Without regular maintenance, your system may not work when you need it most.

Investing in regular HVAC tune-ups will protect your home. A properly maintained heating and cooling system lasts longer and performs better than one that’s neglected. Additionally, regular maintenance helps prevent problems like leaks and other issues before they happen.

Enjoy Fall Weather by Installing a Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat can help save money on heating and cooling costs. It can also make your home more comfortable.

Smart thermostats are devices you attach to your existing heating and cooling system. They allow you to control the temperature remotely using a mobile app or voice commands. In addition, smart thermostats automatically adjust the temperature depending on whether you are at home or out and about.
Need more information about HVAC maintenance and systems? Call the experts at JW Plumbing, Heating and Air.

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