You may not be aware that the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system in your home plays a vital role. In fact, you may even ignore the fact that your HVAC unit needs regular maintenance. As a result, when an issue arises, there is no rapport already established with an HVAC company. Furthermore, you may lack the technical expertise to repair your unit.
You may be torn between when or whether you should even contact an HVAC contractor. The following are four issues that can arise that will require a professional.
The Temperature is Uncomfortable
If your air conditioning system is releasing warm or hot air during the summer or vice versa, it is time for an HVAC repair. This includes any temperature inconsistencies in one room compared to the other rooms. Temperature inconsistencies could be due to old air filters, which can be easily replaced or cleaned. If you decide to replace the filter on your own, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you have never replaced a filter, it is safer to contact an HVAC contractor and let them complete the job. This will also allow them to see if there is a much larger issue at hand.
Any unusual noises coming from your HVAC system are an indication of a problem. There may be a loose screw or bolt that can be immediately addressed. However, to ensure there isn’t a major issue, consider calling an HVAC professional. This will enable them to check your unit for operational efficiency and help prevent potential future issues. Keep in mind that your HVAC system can’t fix itself. By contacting an HVAC professional immediately, it will save you more from spending money on huge repairs.
If the airflow, from one or several vents, in your home is pretty weak, it could be due to a clogged air filter. One of the vents could also be partially obstructed. If so, you may be able to resolve this issue, on your own, by replacing the air filter every three months. Additionally, the air ducts may need to be cleaned and resealed. This should be done every three to five years. However, if there is a major problem, including low levels of refrigerant or even issues with the thermostat, an HVAC professional should be contacted. They can investigate the issue and make the necessary repairs.
You should contact an HVAC professional for routine maintenance at least once a year. This is suggested in the owner’s manual, especially if your unit is still under warranty. Routine maintenance provides longevity to your HVAC system by ensuring that it is operating efficiently. Both the heating and cooling system can be done at the same visit. This will help save you both time and money.
Some Important Things to Remember before Contacting an HVAC professional
If you are having issues with your thermostat, be sure to check the batteries to ensure they are still in good condition. Also, check to make sure the breaker hasn’t been tripped. If several people live in your home, make sure someone hasn’t accidentally hit the emergency switch. This could, unfortunately, shut off the power of your HVAC system.
Also, check to see if there are leaky windows or insufficient insulation. If so, it will increase your unit output to compensate for the lost heat or cool air if your unit is frequently running; set your thermostat at a temperature that is not too low for the summer season, and vice versa. This will help save on the cost of your energy bill. In this case, an HVAC professional wouldn’t need to be contacted.