You rely on your HVAC system to keep your home feeling cool and comfortable when the mercury climbs to “Scorching” during the summer months. The last thing you want is to run into problems with it on the hottest day of the year. It’s important to be aware of the warning signs which indicate potential problems and to follow a regular maintenance schedule to keep your system working at its best all summer long.
Warning Signs of HVAC Problems
These warning signs indicate a possible problem with your HVAC system. If you notice any of them, you should schedule a service call.
- Your HVAC system is making unusual sounds, such as knocking or banging.
- The air in your home is either too dry or too humid.
- There are hot or cold spots in your home.
- The breaker on the HVAC system keeps tripping.
- Your energy bill increases significantly without a corresponding increase in use.
If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old or your furnace is older than 15 years old, you may want to consider upgrading your system to a new, energy-efficient one. You will use less energy, which will save money on your energy bills.
What to Do Before Summer to Keep your System Running Smoothly
- Replace your HVAC filter at least every three months.
- Inspect the intake and output vents to make sure they are clean and free from debris
- Make sure that your furnace is vented to the outside and that there are no obstructions that might interfere with this process.
- To protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless and odorless gas that may be produced by the heating system, be sure that you install a CO detector in your home. Test them every month to ensure they are working properly.
- Schedule an appointment with an HVAC contractor for a tune-up. You’ll want to make sure that your system is running properly and that any minor problems are caught and dealt with early.
Having access to uninterrupted air-conditioned comfort is something you don’t want to leave to chance in the summer. Contact us to learn more about our HVAC maintenance program today.