You would agree that your HVAC system always seems to decide to break down at the worst possible times. More often than not, it usually happens on a sweltering day when you have the whole family over.
You don’t want that to be the case, right?
The interesting thing is your HVAC never breaks down suddenly. It always gives you warning signs, especially if you don’t have a regular maintenance schedule (you should explore signing up for one if you haven’t done so yet).
To prevent those unwanted sticky days, here are five signs your HVAC needs repair or maintenance:
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1. Warm Air
If you feel warm air flowing out of your air vents, the first thing you’ll probably do is switch the thermostat or remote system to its cooling mode. If, after this, you still feel warm air, then you might have a problem.
It could be an issue with the compressor or a blockage in the airflow channels. It would be best if you got an expert to come in and take a look immediately.
2. Insufficient Airflow
Just like warm air, it is also possible that you’ll notice that airflow from the vents seems reduced. A blockage is caused by low airflow from the vents in the air ducts or a more significant problem such as a broken motor. A clogged or dirty air filter can also restrict airflow.
Experts such as the good folks of Impact HVAC Solutions advise that you invest in an energy-recovery ventilator if you frequently suffer from insufficient airflow. It helps your HVAC system by removing stale air and replacing it with fresh air.
3. Water Leakages
At no point is it normal for water to pool around your cooling systems. Your air conditioning system works with refrigerants that sometimes produce condensation during operation. However, this shouldn’t mean that the condensation should progress into water pooling around the HVAC.
Any signs of standing water are symptoms of a problem with the system. And it would be best if you hired professionals because it could also be leaking into the house structure, leading to severe structural damage.
4. Bad Odors
Once you perceive an odor from your HVAC system, you need to act as soon as possible. If left to fester, these odors tend to get worse. The good thing is most times, a quick check by your HVAC maintenance firm will tell you if you need to clean out your ducts or if it needs a more complex solution.
You can also explore getting an ultraviolet lamp. These tools help remove any microbial growth in your duct pipes and air filters.
5. Unusual Noises
It’s expected that your HVAC system will make a low humming sound when in operation. But if you notice any loud, banging, or clattering sudden noises, you should take a second look at your air conditioning system.
Buzzing or rattling sounds could signify that a part is loose while grinding sounds could be a sign of something more serious. In cases like this, you should get a professional come to take a look at your HVAC system. Never try to open up the system and find the source of the noise.
You could damage the HVAC beyond repair, and in extreme cases, you could get electrocuted.
Your HVAC system is a vital part of your home. One you don’t want to go amiss at critical times — such as sticky hot weather. A clear understanding of the warning signs means you can eliminate these issues before the system packs up completely.