How do you know you’re coming down with a cold or some other physical malady? Maybe you start feeling a little fatigued. You get that telltale scratch at the back of your throat. Perhaps a sneeze or sniffle here and there. In short, your body is telling you “All is not well.” And yet sometimes you brush it off, boost the vitamin C intake, and keep chugging along. Until…
The same can be said about your HVAC system. It, too, gives you warning signs that something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s a simple fix like changing the filter, or perhaps it’s a bigger, more costly repair issue. Regardless, ignoring the symptoms won’t make them go away. Here are 7 warning signs that likely require a service call asap.
Frequent cycling occurs when the furnace or AC is not able to produce enough warm or cool air, causing the unit to shut off and turn back on shortly after. This frequent cycling puts extra wear and tear on your system and results in higher heating and cooling costs.
If you hear anything but a low, steady hum from your AC or furnace, there could be a problem with the motor, fan, or other component.
Can a handheld fan blow air more forcefully than your AC or furnace? If so, something is amiss. Whether it’s a leaky duct or something more, it’s best to have it assessed by an HVAC professional.
What does warm or cool air smell like? If you think this is a silly question, you’re right. If you notice a musty smell from your vents, it could indicate mold in the system or ductwork. A burning smell likely means something is wrong with the motor; shut the system off immediately and contact the fire department and a service tech.
Sometimes a thermostat’s temperature readings are inaccurate and need a simple adjustment. If an adjustment doesn’t work, replacement may be necessary.
In addition to circulating cooled air, an air conditioner is also designed to remove excess humidity from the air. If the humidity level seems higher than normal, your AC isn’t operating as effectively as it should.
Frost, Condensation, Water
Frost, condensation, or standing water can all result from various issues, such as too little refrigerant or a blocked condensate drain line. An HVAC tech can assess the problem and propose the right course of action.
So, what’s it going to be – proactivity or reactivity? By being proactive, you’ll contact Air Professionals for annual system maintenance. That way we can ensure proper operation and catch small problems that, if left untouched, can only grow in scope. The path of reactivity? You sit back, assume all is well, and act only when all isn’t well.
Our advice? Contact Air Professionals today for annual AC or furnace maintenance. It’s a great way to ensure year-round indoor comfort, fewer repairs, and reduced energy costs.