As the temperatures change, you and your family significantly depend on your home’s heating and cooling system to keep you comfortable. Imagine having to go one or more nights without heating or AC. To keep this from happening, you’ll need to ensure your HVAC system is well-maintained. Generally, an HVAC system requires yearly maintenance.
1. AC Keeps Blowing Warm Air
The design of air conditioners allows them to draw in warm air and blow out cold air. In some cases, though, an air conditioner might only blow warm air. When this happens, the problem could stem from several sources.
A technician will first check to ensure the AC is set to the COOLING setting instead of the FAN option. If it’s set to FAN, it will only recirculate the warm air it pulls in. Other possible sources of an AC blowing warm air include a dirty air filter, frozen evaporator coils, or a faulty compressor.
No matter the source of the problem, it’s vital to fix it as quickly as possible. The longer the problem goes unfixed, the more wear and tear the AC will endure and the less efficient it will be.
2.Little to No Air Blowing From Vents
When the HVAC system produces weak airflow, whether it be the heating or cooling unit, this indicates the possibility of a failing compressor. It could also result from dirty ductwork or blocked air vents. Owing to the ambiguity of the situation, a tune-up by a professional HVAC specialist is recommended.
3. You Can Smell Weird Odors
The HVAC system should never produce unpleasant scents. Certain odors are more significant than others, and an expert should evaluate them.
A musty odor may indicate the presence of mold or mildew. In this scenario, the efficiency of your HVAC system and your home’s indoor air quality will suffer. If an electrical problem causes a smoky stench, it could lead to a fire if the problem gets neglected. Contact Bardi Heating, Cooling & Plumbing now if you notice a weird smell from the heater or air conditioner.
4. Heating and Cool Expenses Keep Rising
Utility bills are another good indicator of whether or not your system is functioning effectively. If you’ve seen a dramatic increase in your monthly cooling bill, it’s possible the efficiency of your air conditioner has decreased. The same applies to a furnace during the heating season if you notice a rise in heating expenses.
When an increase in your power bill doesn’t seem to correlate with your use of the HVAC system, a professional should inspect the thermostat and check for leaky ductwork. The inspection will indicate whether to perform a repair or replacement.
5. High Levels of Humidity
High humidity levels within a home contribute to a faster breakdown of an HVAC system. As the HVAC system attempts to combat excess humidity, it uses extra energy and endures a lot of wear and tear. In addition, poor humidity compromises your health and is an issue that can result in long-term illness. With that said, any time you notice high humidity in your home, you know it’s time to get the HVAC maintained.
6. Excessive Cycling
Frequent cycling of your heating and cooling systems can damage their internal components. A unit that cycles on and off too quickly will work too hard to heat or cool your house. It will also be less comfortable inside your house.
Having a specialist look at your unit can help determine what’s causing the erratic behavior. This will reduce the likelihood of a breakdown and costly repairs. Dirty air filters and faulty thermostats are two common causes of frequent cycling.
7. Formation of a Water Pool
Condensation drain lines can break or get clogged, and the formation of a water pool might result from one of these occurrences. It’s also possible for ice to form within an air conditioner on the copper refrigerant lines, thus leading to a leak. A leak of any kind is bad, whether it’s water or refrigerant, and should be fixed as quickly as possible by an experienced technician.
8. You Hear Odd Noises
As far as noise goes, you should hear almost nothing from your air conditioner while it cools your home. The presence of any rattling or buzzing noises might suggest a mechanical problem. If you hear a buzzing noise, it might mean that something is obstructing the airflow. A professional inspection of the inner workings is necessary to guarantee the optimal performance of your system.
A loud booming sound upon startup, which indicates a delay in the ignition, is an example of furnace noises that mean it’s time to maintain the HVAC. If the furnace shrieks, there may be a problem with the belt or motor. A scraping noise in a furnace means worn-out bearings. Whistling noises signify restricted airflow, which probably means the air filter is dirty.
9. Frequent Repairs
It’s probably time to replace the HVAC system if you find yourself constantly fixing it and swapping out parts. Spending money on repairing your system is not a smart choice if you have to do it regularly. To help you make the best choice, a professional can evaluate the system and tell you whether to do a repair or replacement.
10. Poor Indoor Air Quality
The HVAC system in your home works around-the-clock to improve indoor air quality. It does this by keeping humidity levels to a minimum and trapping harmful airborne particles with its air filter. The HVAC system needs maintenance when you notice poor indoor air quality levels.
It could be that you have dirty ductwork, meaning the system will spread dust, allergens, and other harmful substances throughout your home any time it kicks on. Something as simple as having the ductwork cleaned or the air filter replaced could possibly fix the issue. A professional technician will evaluate the entire system to pinpoint and address the cause of poor indoor air quality.
11. Thermostat Keeps Glitching
A glitchy thermostat can result in all sorts of HVAC problems. From frequent cycling to reduced indoor comfort, having a professional figure out what’s wrong with the thermostat is the smart move to make. The problem may derive from dead batteries or improper settings.
Smart thermostats are increasing in popularity. The technologies these devices use to learn your heating and cooling preferences make it possible to achieve higher levels of heating and cooling efficiency. To ensure you get the most out of your thermostat, one of our technicians can explain its different settings.
Get Maintenance for Your HVAC Now!
Contact Bardi Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today if you notice any of the following issues mentioned above. You don’t want to ignore any type of HVAC problem. With annual maintenance, you can practically avoid almost all types of HVAC concerns. Check out our different maintenance plans and how your home and family can benefit. We are here to help with your electrical, plumbing, and HVAC needs.