Don’t Call a Professional to Fix HVAC Issues That You Can DIY

We’ve all been there before: Your HVAC unit isn’t working, you’re on the line with a technician, and they’re telling you it will cost you $250 for them to just flick a switch.

Luckily, there are a few tips to remember in this situation that can save you a lot of money down the road. Starting at 0:43 in the video above, Ken Humphreys of BPG Inspections shows you what you should check on your unit before you make that painful phone call.

The first is the disconnect switch (aka the “dead man’s switch”). If this is off, the unit won’t run. Below that, you’ll find the backflow preventer. If the float on your preventer is sticking up, it means there’s a backflow, and that can shut the unit off as well.

If you had the unit serviced recently and it’s still not working, check to see whether the inner cover is secured tightly, because there’s a door switch attached to it. Also, check the batteries in your thermostat—that’s what controls the whole system, after all.

Lastly, check your main electrical panel for tripped breakers.

If you have any questions for Ken, give him a call at (800) 285-3001 or check out their website. If there’s any other real estate topic I can help you with, feel free to call or email me. I’d love to help you.

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