There are dozens of things vying for your attention every minute of the day, and your home’s HVAC system probably doesn’t top your list of priorities. But homeowners who ignore the following warning signs do so at their own risk. An inefficient or failing system can be costly and uncomfortable. Waiting until it’s too late only leads to greater expenses down the road. Keep an eye out for these signs of possible trouble, and ensure a properly-functioning HVAC system that will keep your home cozy or cool for many years to come.
Sky-high bills – One of the first signs of HVAC trouble is rising energy bills. When nothing in your daily routine changes yet your energy bills increase, the HVAC system is often the culprit. Older HVAC systems use more energy to created conditioned air, even if they’ve been maintained well. Before you trash that old HVAC system, call on one of our service technicians to perform maintenance and repairs. Sometimes the problem causing the energy use hike is fixable.
Advanced age – Some things get better with age. Unfortunately, HVAC systems are not one of them. The average HVAC system lifespan is around 15 years. If you’re getting close to that threshold or have passed it altogether, consider replacing your system with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.
Uncomfortable temperatures – It’s your system’s job to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If you’re starting to feel unusually hot in the summer or chilled in the winter, your system may need maintenance.
Unusual odors – A strange smell emanating from your HVAC unit is a sign that there is something not quite right. Mustiness, chemical odors and burning smells can all indicate the need for repair, retrofit or even replacement. The smell of sulphur or rotten eggs almost always indicates an issue with gas supply. Natural gas is odorless, but suppliers treat the gas with a strong rotten egg smell to make gas leaks more detectable. Ventilate your home, call your gas company, and follow their instructions.
Noisy operation – A healthy, well maintained HVAC unit will typically run quietly, buzzing to itself in the background. Banging, clanging, whistling, rattling, squealing or squeaking noises coming from any part of your system could be a sign that your unit needs maintenance or repair.
Leaks, puddles and condensation – Your HVAC system is made up of various pipes and coils. If these become blocked, they can leak. If you see any water leakage or signs of mold, you will need to call a professional to have a look.
Think You May Be Experiencing a Warning Sign?
Broadley’s is here to help. Contact one of southern New Jersey’s most reliable heating and air contractors a today to schedule a tune-up or learn more about preventative maintenance protection for your home.