As a homeowner, you have many responsibilities, including your HVAC system. Many HVAC maintenance tasks are simple, like cleaning the system or changing the air filter, but sometimes there’s a larger issue that requires immediate attention to avoid costly or irreparable damage to your heating and cooling system.
When you find yourself struggling with your HVAC system, it can be frustrating. But how do you know when it’s time to call HVAC repair service? Read on.
You already tried easy fixes.
If you notice your HVAC system malfunctioning, the good news is that you can do some troubleshooting on your own. If you can determine the problem and fix it yourself, then you can get back to comfort quickly without calling a heating and cooling company in. For example, if there are problems with the temperature in your home, you can double-check your thermostat to make sure it’s set properly. It’s easy to accidentally change temperatures on some thermostats, and smart thermostats often need to be “taught” the correct settings for different times throughout the day.
Your home smells bad.
Bad smells are never a good sign, so this is a no-brainer. If you notice that your home is starting to smell bad (and not just a heater-turned-on-for-the-first-time-in-months smell), it might be because there’s a problem with your HVAC system. A musty or moldy smell is the most common, and it happens with moisture doesn’t drain properly and causes mold buildup. While mildew is not a serious problem, it does lead to poor air quality that increases the risk of respiratory infections in both adults and children, so it’s important to get it fixed as soon as possible for your family’s health. The smell of sulfur or rotten eggs indicates a natural gas leak. This can be deadly. If you smell anything like this, open the windows, get out immediately, and call the gas company. Do not try to fix this yourself.
You hear strange noises.
When your HVAC system is functioning normally, it should work quietly, with minimal noise. Besides turning on and turning off, your heating and cooling system should be relatively noiseless. Unusual noises can often be traced back to an issue within your HVAC system that should be fixed by a professional. If you hear screeching, thumping, clicking, rattling, flapping, or scurrying, then you should call an HVAC company because these noises can point to many problems, including bad belts, defective relays, and even stuck animals.
When you realize there may be something wrong with your HVAC system, simple troubleshooting is a good place to start. If you try all the basic troubleshooting suggestions and still find that your heating and cooling system isn’t working, then it’s best to call in an HVAC repair service. An HVAC technician can professionally diagnose and repair your HVAC system so it can stay in good shape and serve you well all year long.
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