It’s easy to forget that your home is equipped with an HVAC system until it ceases to work properly. Many people make the mistake of waiting around for problems with their HVAC systems to arise before considering upgrades or repairs. You can take a much more proactive approach by checking this list of common signs of HVAC issues and problems.
Common HVAC System Problems
1. Consider the unit’s age. Generally, ten years is the maximum amount of time that a heat pump or air conditioner should operate before being replaced.
2. Your energy bill has increased. Be especially cautious if the cost has increased even though you haven’t changed any of your habits in the home. A sudden increase in energy costs often indicates problems with the HVAC system. An inspection can help you know for sure if the system is to blame.
3. You’ve repaired your HVAC system several times. A system that is functioning properly won’t require much professional attention. However, if you find that you’re continually calling service professionals to inspect your HVAC unit and/or system, it’s like time for an upgrade.
4. Your HVAC system is noisy. Be on the lookout specifically for banging, clanking, squealing, clicking, or rattling. The unit or even the ductwork could be to blame.
5. Your HVAC system doesn’t perform as well as it once did. Do you feel more chilled than usual during the winter? Is it harder to cool down during the summer? There’s a strong chance your HVAC system is to blame. Many homeowners have no idea that their AC unit is too small for their homes. This could also be a sign of ductwork leaks.
6. You’re selling your home soon. Nobody wants to worry about having to spend thousands in upgrades or repairs after purchasing a home. Upgrading your AC unit can dramatically increase the chances of your home selling.
7. It’s too humid in your home. In theory, there should be very little to no humidity inside your home. Excessive humidity is a telltale sign that your equipment is broken, in need of a tune-up, or isn’t operating as it should. In some cases, a dehumidifier can fix the problem, but your HVAC system is likely the true source of the problem.
8. Your home is exceptionally dusty. If you feel yourself digging out the duster much more frequently than normal, your HVAC system might be to blame. In fact, your ductwork might also need thorough cleaning.
If you’ve noticed any of these issues with your HVAC system, it’s time to give The Cooling Company a call. We are always standing by to answer your questions.