Is your home uncharacteristically hot or cold for this time of year? If your air conditioning or heating system hasn’t been attended to for a while, it might be because you’re experiencing HVAC problems. But there’s no need to panic as most HVAC issues can be treated with a simple visit from a technician, as long as you take care of the problem immediately. Here are some tell-tale signs that you’re dealing with HVAC problems.
Utility Bills Are Higher than Usual
If you have experienced a sudden hike in utility bills lately, your HVAC system might be the cause. There is no reason for your bills to increase for no reason unless you’ve been dealing with very cold temperatures or a heat wave. As a homeowner, you should have a ballpark idea of how much you pay for electricity every month. If you’re dealing with increased bills, consider consulting your preferred residential HVAC contractor to see if the HVAC system is a cause.
Sudden Temperature Changes
If your HVAC system is working properly then the temperature in the house should remain fairly constant, unless you have specific thermostat settings. If for some reason the temperature seems colder or hotter than usual when you get home, you should definitely think about consulting an HVAC expert to see if your system isn’t working properly. Depending on the issue, you might have to have your system serviced or replaced. A good rule of thumb to tell whether installing a whole new system is worth it is evaluating whether the cost of servicing amounts to more than half of the system’s value. If it does, it would be a better choice to invest in a brand new system instead.
You See Signs of Condensation or Hear Strange Noises
Dealing with HVAC leaks can be problematic since they are often very discreet and hard to identify at first glance. One way to identify leaks is to look for condensation near the vents. Condensation should happen on a properly working HVAC system. You should also look for water collecting under the unit or near exhaust ports. Mold forming around the vents is also a signs that something is going wrong.
Also, if you’re hearing strange noises emanating from your system, you should definitely give an HVAC technician a call. One of the biggest tell-tale signs of a malfunctioning HVAC system is if you hear scraping sounds, quite similar to nails on a chalkboard. This could be a sign that the motor shaft’s blower wheel is broken. The good news is that getting a blower wheel is a pretty minor procedure and usually won’t cost you much.
If your HVAC system exhibits any of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s time to consult a service engineer. Also, if you’re noticing irregularities on your utility bills, your HVAC system may be the cause. Don’t hesitate to communicate with a certified HVAC technician in your area to see what they can do for you.