Signs Your HVAC System May Need HVAC Repair
Heating and air-conditioning problems never happen at the “right” or “convenient” time; it is always the middle of the night, during a heat wave, or when you are heading out the door to work that an issue seems to arise. However, a properly functioning HVAC system is critical to the health, safety, and comfort of a family home. Fortunately, early notice of a problem can save you thousands of dollars in repairs down the line. Therefore, we are taking the time to share eight warning signs you need HVAC repair.
8 Warnings You Need HVAC Repair
The Thermostat is Not Responding
The first and easiest warning sign you have a problem is when your thermostat doesn’t respond. Sometimes, this can be an easy DIY fix if you just need to replace the batteries or flip the breaker. However, if your thermostat runs for short periods of time with little result or it won’t turn on after DIY checks, it will need professional help.
You are Hearing Loud Noises
Loud noises from most machines indicate something isn’t working correctly internally. Grinding, squealing, and scraping are common sounds you will hear when you have a belt problem. Rather than attempting to DIY this project, we suggest calling in a pro to ensure that the belt is the problem and it is resolved safely.
The Air Conditioner is Blowing Warm or Cool Air
Are you getting barely warm air in the winter or slightly cool air in the summer? When your HVAC system isn’t producing the correct temperature of air, it is a clear sign to call a technician. Maybe the air coming out of your HVAC system feels weaker than usual? Oftentimes, an issue with the compressor or the air ducts results in lower air pressure. Due to the vast array of internal problems it could be, it is wise to call in a pro for HVAC repair.
You Smell Something Funky
The last thing you want from your HVAC unit is a funky smell being blasted through your home. We are here to tell you, plain and simple, that your HVAC system should not smell bad. If your nose is picking up something nasty, you likely have a burned-out wire, mold, or perhaps a dead critter somewhere in the system. Yuck! The only way to get rid of that smell is to find the source and remove it. We suggest calling a technician rather than attempting the game of hide-and-seek yourself.
It’s Getting Humid in the House
When your air conditioner runs, part of its job is to pull humidity from the air. Doing this prevents the interior of your home from suffering mold or other humidity-related problems. However, if you are noticing that the moisture isn’t being appropriately pulled as your HVAC runs, it is time to call for HVAC repair immediately. Key indicators of too much humidity include damp air, foggy windows, mildew scents, visible mold, rotting wood, and an increase in allergy symptoms.
The HVAC System is Leaking
Liquid on or around your HVAC is never a good sign, as it likely means something is leaking. Depending on your system, this could be Freon or water. If it is Freon, you don’t want to touch it as it is poisonous. Additionally, ensure everyone in your household knows to stay away and make it impossible for pets and children to get into it. However, if it is just water, you like just a broken or blocked tube. Either way, you will want to call for HVAC repair as soon as possible, as it can cause severe damage to your HVAC system and home if left unattended.
Your Electric Bill is on the Rise
There can be a variety of reasons why your electric bill rises. It can be as simple as the changing of the seasons to poor window insulation to a kid who loves leaving the doors open 24/7. However, if you have crossed every other reason off the list as to why your bill keeps going up and up, it may be your HVAC system. HVAC systems that need repair or are simply no longer functioning efficiently can suck serious electricity. If you believe your unit is the costly culprit, give your technician a call for inspection and repair.
Your HVAC System is Dying
Sadly, HVAC systems are not built to last forever. Depending on the make and model of your unit, you can have anywhere between 10 to 20 years. The easiest way to tell if your HVAC system is dying is to simply see how old it is. If it is approaching the end of its manufacturer’s expected lifespan, it is likely time to start looking for a replacement.
Sometimes, HVAC units give out before the expected death date. It may be due to unexpected damage or because it was run exceptionally hard throughout its service. The easiest way to tell if your unit is giving up is if you are experiencing more and more issues. If you feel as though you just called for HVAC repair, that it keeps happening again and again, your HVAC system may be trying to tell you it’s ready to quit.
Read our previous blog article on whether to repair or replace your HVAC unit.
Apollo Heating & Air Conditioning
Are you experiencing any of the eight problems above? If so, you need HVAC repair, and you needed it yesterday! Fortunately, our service team is available 24/7. We provide factory-trained and certified HVAC technicians for troubleshooting, diagnostics, maintenance, repair and replacement of HVAC equipment and services. We service residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. To book an appointment, please complete our contact form.