5 HVAC Warning Signs

These days, with winters getting colder and summers getting warmer, having an HVAC unit is becoming more of a necessity than a privilege. You get to enjoy cool air during those hot summer days and stay warm on those cold winter’s nights.

The convenience that an HVAC system affords does not come without a price, though. In order to keep it from breaking down, you need to properly maintain it.

To ensure that your HVAC runs as smoothly as it should, you need to perform periodic checks on it. The older your HVAC is, the more frequent these checks need to be. When you notice any signs that indicate something is wrong, you have to call your HVAC specialist immediately.

Signs to Look Out For

There are a few signs that you need to notice for proper HVAC maintenance. Let your eyes, nose, and instinct guide you when you check out your HVAC for issues. Here are five signs that indicate you have a big problem with your heating and cooling system:

Weird smells – There are a few distinct smells that you need to look out for. The first one, which is a rotten egg smell, indicates that you have a natural gas leak, which is very dangerous. When you smell this, evacuate everyone and contact your HVAC specialist immediately. Another smell that you should also be wary of is one that indicates something is overheating or burning, and this is that electrical or burnt plastic smell. When you notice this, turn off your circuit breaker and contact a specialist for help.

Also worth investigating is when you smell something musty coming from your HVAC. This can indicate mold growth in your AC and the possibility of leaks within the system that cause the excess moisture that triggers mold. 

High energy bill – If you find your energy consumption going up unexpectedly, there might be something wrong with your HVAC system. This can mean your system is not performing as efficiently as it should and will need some professional maintenance.

Puddles and dripping – This can indicate that there is a leak inside your HVAC unit or system. If you cannot locate where the leak is coming from, have a professional help you with this.

Strange noises – When you hear hissing, banging, or any other weird noise coming from your HVAC, there is something wrong. Other sounds to look out and to get help for include grinding, squeaking, grating, and thumping.

Uneven heating and cooling – If some areas of your home are warmer or colder than other locations, you might want to have your HVAC system inspected. This is another inefficiency problem and can be solved with the help of a professional.

When you notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate to contact an HVAC professional immediately. In Phoenix, AZ the company you can trust to handle such issues effectively is Affirmative Air. We are a company that specializes in a variety of HVAC related services, and these include AC maintenance, AC installation, heating maintenance, and heating installation.  We also help with the improvement of indoor air quality and ductwork concerns.

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