Before jumping into this one, you need to know that repairing your HVAC system yourself is risky and could void your warranty. Do not attempt to repair your HVAC system yourself. Call a professional.
Now that we have the serious stuff out of the way, surely you would want to know what warning signs to look for in the event that your HVAC system was in need of repair, right? Some signs may be more subtle than others, but there are some symptoms you can watch out for before they lead to bigger problems.
High Electric Bills
If your HVAC system is constantly kicking on due to a failure, it can lead to higher-than-normal energy bills. This is likely due to the thermostat not working properly, but instead of grabbing those pliers and digging into the system yourself, check to see if the thermostat uses batteries, then call a professional to inspect it.
Humid Indoor Air
A properly functioning AC can be the perfect tincture for a hot summer’s day, but if you notice a large amount of moisture in the air of your indoor environment, it can signal a problem with your air conditioning unit. Air conditioners have an evaporator coil inside of them that removes moisture from the air, and when it doesn’t have enough time to run for an efficient cycle before turning off again, humidity can build up at a faster rate than collecting excess moisture from the air can.
Long story short: humid indoor air + summertime = call a professional to inspect your HVAC system.
Unpleasant Odors While Running HVAC System
Nothing’s worse than turning on your AC for the first time of the year, only to be greeted with an unpleasant smell that seems to never go away. Older homes with poor ventilation may have issues with mold or mildew related odors, while newer homes may carry the pungent aroma of cooked wire insulation from a botched installation or failing part.
Neither one of these problems is something you will want to live with on a regular basis, and could even be detrimental to your health over time, so call a professional if the odor is incessant.
Strange Noises While HVAC is Running
Systems and their components age over time, and HVAC systems are no exception. An occasional groan in a 10 year old system is one thing, but a deep grinding, squealing, or scraping sound, regardless of system age, is a symptom that warrants an immediate call to a professional repairperson. This is likely due to a broken piece of internal hardware, but it’s best to have a trained professional take a look.
How FAMCO Can Help
We are FAMCO, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of HVAC supplies and accessories to fit all needs, tastes, and budgets. Keeping your family safe, especially during these times of public health safety and quarantine, is very important, and a good place to start is at home. If you would like to hear more about how FAMCO can help keep your indoor environment safe and healthy in 2021 and beyond, give us a call. We will be more than happy to help.