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Electrical Safety Standards When Operating HVAC Equipment

HVAC equipment should be operated according to a manufacturer's suggestions. Upon purchasing a new HVAC unit, a licensed contractor should be hired to configure the HVAC unit's wiring and conduct the necessary installation steps. The contractor will outline some safety guidelines, including what signs of trouble will require a professional service appointment.

The Initial Service Appointment

Installing an HVAC system will require electrical knowledge. A wiring diagram is furnished with a new HVAC unit. Your contractor will use this diagram to guide them in aligning the wiring to your unit in the same manner. The contractor will also need to ensure that the power supply is adequate for the type of unit that you have purchased.

During the installation process, the contractor will determine where the unit should be set up. They will disconnect the power supply. Then, they will anchor the unit and connect all of the electrical components. Once the equipment is stabilized and hooked up properly, your contractor will test out the equipment. 

Signs Of Trouble

  • Wires that feel hot
  • A burning scent
  • Vibrations and loud noises
  • Tripping breakers
  • Dim lighting

Troubleshooting And Repairs

The list above outlines some common signs to watch out for. These signs could lead to the electrical wiring to your equipment shorting out. They could also be indicative of a mechanical failure that will require that your unit is repaired by a technician. If any problems with your equipment become apparent, turn off the equipment.

Schedule an inspection of the HVAC unit. There could be many reasons why a problem occurred. A licensed contractor may determine that too many things are plugged into the power supply. They may also discover that a dirty filter is preventing adequate airflow and causing the HVAC unit to overheat. The technician will repair the unit and make sure that it is safe to operate.

Maintenance Essentials

Your HVAC equipment should be serviced each year. Maintenance essentials include having a professional electrical inspection performed. This inspection will allow a contractor to determine how efficient your unit is. They will also detect worn parts, dirt buildup, and other problems that could affect the performance of your HVAC unit.

There are some steps you can take too. Keep the thermostat for your unit at a consistent temperature. Change the unit's filter at standard intervals. Clean the unit's cover, ductwork, and other parts that occasionally have dust buildup on them. These maintenance essentials will keep the HVAC unit operating properly.

Contact a professional to learn more about HVAC electrical services