A great deal of work goes into installing an HVAC system. Setting up ventilation and ductwork can be a long process for a licensed technician to put in place. However, once it is installed, it’s a welcome presence, with powerful heat and air conditioner at the time when you may need it.
Nevertheless, issues can arise with your HVAC unit. If you notice any of these issues arising, we can give you an idea of what could be causing this problem, as well as some quick solutions.
1. What’s that noise?
Just like most appliances, a new noise is among the obvious signs that there’s a problem with your HVAC system. Different noises can mean different issues. If you’re hearing a grinding, that could be a sign that the air conditioner’s motor needs oil. A clicking noise points to failure with an electrical component. If it sounds like your HVAC system is screaming, the compressor could be breaking down. If you hear any of these noises, it’s important to schedule repair work with a technician as soon as you can to prevent further damage and decrease the lifespan of your HVAC unit.
These audible noises from your AC system or heating problem can also weigh on you personally. It could be waking you up in the middle of the night, leaving you without a good night’s sleep, and impacting your behavior the next day. Just like so many people during the pandemic, you may be looking at how to reinvent yourself, whether that means a new career or picking up a new hobby. At this time, mental health and rest should never be a sacrifice. This could lead to a serious problem long-term and may impede your reinvention efforts.
2. Why is this room so cold?
It’s a wintry day and you turn up the heat on your thermostat, but notice that while one room is warm, another is freezing cold. This uneven heating could be a sign that your furnace is failing. It could also be blamed for a malfunctioning blower fan that is not allowing a heating system to function properly. These cold spots can also be a sign of clogged ducts.
Regular maintenance of your HVAC system can prevent these issues from arising. Cleaning filters and replacing them over time can spare you from calling in a technician for a professional duct cleaning. Crude up filters and vents allow dust and mold a breeding ground to set off irritants in the air and impact allergies and respiratory-related illnesses. When in doubt, consider a vacation to a warmer climate with your spouse or friends, and invite a professional to carry out a duct cleaning while you’re away. Vacations have been shown to help reduce stress and curb depression. They’re also an opportunity to try new things and step outside your comfort zone.
3. Where did this puddle come from?
If you notice puddles starting to emerge from your HVAC system when it is turned on, this could indicate a leak of some kind. If these puddles consist of refrigerant, it’s a sign of a bigger problem. This requires the services of an HVAC technician to repair immediately, as coils are frozen and leaving the unit unable to blow cold air. This will have you sending the thermostat lower and lower, running up your energy bill.
Puddles of water signal a clogged drain line, which could lead to indoor air pollution. Homeowners should be sure to regularly clear away any debris surrounding the outdoor HVAC unit. This can prevent a later malfunction from occurring and disrupting your heating or cooling system.
While an HVAC system can be a welcome addition to a new home, regular maintenance must be a mainstay. Maintenance is key in our personal lives as well. Don’t be afraid to search for a new path and seek happiness in your personal life. This can be from evaluating who you welcome into your life to just simply redecorating your household. Look for what will help you in the long run.