Maintaining a comfortable temperature is one of the best ways to enjoy your home. Having a cool home in the summer and a warm home in the winter allow you to focus on other, much more important activities other than simply staying comfortable. Sometimes, though, your HVAC system doesn’t deliver on its promise to keep you comfortable, and you need to enlist the services of a professional. Here are four definite signs it’s time to make that call.
Though the sound of moving air and mechanical components can be somewhat noisy, especially in a small house, if you notice those noises reaching another level, it’s time to call in the experts, like Doctor Fix-It, or a trained professional in your area. A faulty draft induction motor or blower motor can result in loud screeches, bangs, clicks, and/or a whole host of other loud and unusual noises, none of which are good. You should know your HVAC system is running simply because you’re comfortable, not because you have to shout to be heard while it’s on.
There should never be any noticeable odors resulting from the operation of your HVAC system. The air being released should be odorless, and the different operating components should operate with no scent, as well. If you notice a rotten egg smell, evacuate your home immediately, as this may indicate the presence of a gas leak.
If you notice a burning smell, shut off your HVAC system and call in a professional, as this may indicate an electrical issue or a component that is overheating due to a malfunction. Mildew-like smells, smoky smells, or really any other type of smell also need to be investigated, so don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.
If the weather hasn’t been any warmer or cooler than normal, but your utility bills have suddenly skyrocketed, it’s probably time to call in a professional. Higher utility bills indicate that your HVAC system isn’t working as efficiently for one reason or another, which could be a sign of dirty coils or burners, underperforming components, or previously undetected leaks that are wasting energy. Of course, before you assume the worst about your HVAC system, ensure that your higher utility bill isn’t due to suddenly increased rates, or a problem with another appliance that is using excess electricity.
Though any HVAC system will have a hard time fully keeping up on exceptionally hot or cold days, if your system struggles to keep your home comfortable most of the time, it’s definitely time to get some assistance. Uneven heating or cooling could be a sign of failing ductwork, a faulty furnace, or even a frozen AC compressor. It’s also important to seal other cracks throughout your home so your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
The HVAC technicians who come to your home have your best interests in mind. They know how miserable it can be to have an HVAC system that’s acting up, and they want to help you get life back to normal. Throughout the process, remain patient so that you fully understand the problems your HVAC system is experiencing, so you can work together with the technicians to achieve a solution that will suit you perfectly.