Common HVAC Electrical Issues

A lot of homeowners rely heavily on their HVAC systems to keep them comfortable all year round. Those systems do not work entirely on their own, but need a source of power to operate. So when your heating and cooling are not running like it should, you might have some HVAC electrical issues to deal with.

Sometimes when your heating or air conditioning is running, it might come to a complete stop and shut off. The problem here may not be with the system itself, but it could be in the wiring. The amount of power that your system demands could have tripped a circuit breaker or blown a fuse. Here, your air conditioner could pull too much energy, and will not operate efficiently.

Other times, a poor connection could cause your heating or cooling needs. This can be a simple fix for your HVAC electrical technician. A trickier situation would be if there are problems with the wiring. Wires can fray, corrode or disconnect. If there is a hindrance to the flow of electricity, then that will cause your system to work harder. That extra power it tries to pull in could cause even worse problems, including those that aren’t electrical at all. 

Your heating and cooling systems require a capacitor to help start them up and to keep them running. It helps distribute the flow of electricity, but when there is a problem with that part, it could affect your system’s ability to turn on or to stay on. A broken capacitor needs to be replaced as soon as possible to prevent more damage.

Efficiency is important to homeowners, so know what kind of state your compressor is in. The compressor plays a huge role in how your HVAC system moves air, and it is also one of the most expensive parts. If it is pulling too much or too little electricity, then it can cause overheating or other mechanical problems. 

Knowing the exact cause of your HVAC issues is tricky, especially when these problems cannot be easily seen or identified. However, with regular maintenance to your HVAC system, if any problem exists, or if a problem is developing, it can be addressed before the damage gets too severe. 

Understanding the common electrical issues with your HVAC system can help it run more efficiently, and will help it last longer. For more information on how to fix and prevent your heating and cooling problems, call the professionals at Sunrise Heating and Plumbing today at (616) 293-9326. We pride ourselves in providing nothing but exceptional customer service.