Understanding HVAC Guidelines
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Understanding HVAC Guidelines

Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.

Understanding HVAC Guidelines

Signs You Need AC Repair: When To Call In the Experts

Marilou Girard

The summer heat is here, and air conditioning is critical to our comfort. Like any other appliance, AC units are prone to malfunction due to wear and tear. 

Unusual Noises and Odors

When your AC unit starts making sounds that aren’t part of its normal operation, it’s a sign that something is amiss. Look out for clanking, grinding, or squealing noises. These noises can indicate anything from loose parts to a motor about to fail. Similarly, strange odors like musty or burning smells should not be ignored. These could signal mold inside the unit or burned-out wire insulation. Addressing these issues promptly won’t just save you from an uncomfortable breakdown; it could also prevent harmful pollutants from circulating through your home.

Poor Airflow and Inadequate Cooling

If you’ve noticed that your home isn’t cooling as it should or that you have inconsistent temperatures from room to room, several reasons could be at play. Clogged air filters, blocked ducts, or malfunctioning compressors are common culprits for poor airflow and cooling issues. In any case, a unit that can’t keep your home at a consistent, comfortable temperature is not functioning correctly and should be examined by a professional.

Looming Utility Bills

A spike in utility bills could indicate that your AC system is losing efficiency. If you haven't made significant changes to your usage and you still receive high bills, your AC unit is likely overworking due to a fault. This could be related to the compressor, the condenser coils, or even a refrigerant leak. The longer you put off repairs, the more you’re likely to spend on energy bills and potentially avoidable repairs in the long run.

Sudden Moisture or Leaks

Finding moisture or leaks around your AC unit indicates that it’s not just cooling your air; it’s also producing condensation. While this is a normal part of its operation, visible leaks or excess moisture indoors or around the unit are signs of a problem. This could be due to a blocked drain tube or a more serious issue, such as a refrigerant leak. Either way, you’ll want a professional to check your system to prevent water damage and mold growth.

Recognizing when your AC unit needs repair can save you from the stress and discomfort of a complete breakdown. Regular maintenance is the best way to keep your system running smoothly, but when these signs appear, it's time to call a professional. 

Learn more about AC repair today.