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The Top 5 Symptoms Of HVAC Problems

May 31, 2018

When the temperatures start to soar, you want your home to be an oasis from the heat! After lying dormant for the colder months, your HVAC system may need servicing before summer really kicks in. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to schedule a maintenance appointment.  

Symptoms of Common HVAC Problems:

Poor Airflow

When your ducts are dirty or clogged, cool air will have trouble reaching all of the rooms in your home. If your ducts are leaking, your home’s temperature, as well as your energy efficiency, will suffer. You may notice that cold air isn’t coming out of your vents, even with your system at full blast. If you notice any of the symptoms above, it’s time to give us a call!

Hot and Cold Spots

Have you ever walked from an air-conditioned room in your home to another room, which felt warmer and wondered why? There are a few possibilities – you could have a duct leak or blockage, a leak in your weatherproofing that’s letting warm outside air in, or even a problem with your air conditioner that’s impacting its performance. 

Strange Odors

Is your HVAC unit smelly? The unwanted smells might not be coming from your central HVAC unit, Instead, the ductwork may be the culprit. Moisture can build up in your ducts and can become the breeding ground for mold or mildew. Rodent, insects, and other vermin deposits in your ducts are other potential sources of unwanted smells. If you notice strange smells coming from your HVAC unit or your vents, let us know, we’re happy to come out and investigate!

Unusual Noises

Some system noises are part of normal operation, while others may be an indication of a mechanical problem. For example, a whining or squealing noise can be a sign that the bearings in a motor are failing. Other noises may be caused by airflow issues or dirty burners. Either way, it is best not to ignore these signs as they may be a warning of problems to come.

Water Leaks

Drain pipes ensure proper water drainage, but your HVAC system can leak water if the drain lines are clogged or cracked. You can help keep the drain lines clear by pouring a cleaner down the drain periodically. Other possible leak sources could be the collector box or heat exchanger. A service technician should be contacted to determine the source of the water leak and repair options.

Most of these common HVAC problems can be addressed by scheduling a routine maintenance appointment. That being said, it’s important to notice the warning signs when your system is struggling to do its job.  The harder your air conditioner or furnace has to work, the more wear and tear it will accumulate. As we make our way into the summer, we’ll cover more potential problems and ways to help your system work more efficiently. For more information on any of these common HVAC problems or any other questions you may have about your current system, give us a call!

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