Signs You Need HVAC Repair
If your HVAC system isn’t running as efficiently as it should, or you suspect something is wrong, don’t wait until you’re sweltering or freezing. When your HVAC system is faltering, get it looked at right away.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most common HVAC issues, so you know what to look out for as a sign that you should call an HVAC expert to get your system running smoothly again.
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Wear and Tear, the HVAC Problem Everyone Faces
There has yet to be a development in the HVAC world so impenetrable that it stands up to regular wear and tear over time. No matter how high-quality, certain system components will eventually break down if your system is in constant use.
If you’ve just moved into a new property, we advise you to call an HVAC specialist for an inspection to make sure everything is working as it should. Otherwise, you may not know how your system is supposed to function and won’t recognize when something has gone wrong. If you were there when your HVAC was installed and noticed a deviation in its performance, your system might be experiencing wear and tear.
Continue reading for more specific problems you might be facing.
Tripped Breakers, Blown Fuses
Your HVAC system can trip your breakers or blow your fuses, and there are a few reasons for this. In most cases, tripped breakers and blown fuses result from misdirected electricity due to overworking certain parts of your system.
A dirty air filter long overdue for a change can trip your breakers or blow your fuse because it’s working extra hard to clean your air through the debris. Don’t risk running your HVAC system at an unsustainable level. Broken coil fans, dirty condenser coils, loose wiring, and other issues can all cause continual breaker tripping or blown fuses.
Air Filter Problems, Air Flow Restrictions
There’s a lot of dust in the air at all times. As your HVAC system cycles air throughout your home, it sucks up dust, which gets caught in the air filter. Picking out the dust is what your air filters are there for, but they’ll only work effectively for so long until they need to be switched out.
If your air filter becomes clogged, the air can’t pass through the system as effortlessly as it should, and it will cause your system to overwork itself. Forced air systems are the most common HVAC problems that most American homes face. Take this as your signal to check your air filter. If it’s covered in dust, it’s time to head to the hardware store.
In many ways, the thermostat is one of the most important aspects of your entire HVAC system. It chooses to heat or cool your home according to the temperature it reads. How can your thermostat tell the system to operate properly if it’s broken?
Some easy ways to tell you to have a broken thermostat include:
- The thermostat has a blank screen
- AC or heating won’t turn on at appropriate times
- The heating or AC won’t turn off
- The thermostat reading doesn’t match the actual temperature of the room
- Your heating and cooling are only lasting for short cycles
- The thermostat forgot the programmed settings
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s time to call our team for an HVAC checkup.
Dirty Condenser and Evaporator Coils
If you have dirty coils, your HVAC system won’t run as efficiently as it should, costing you money and comfort.
If there’s a buildup of dirt on your condenser or evaporator coils, it’s hard for them to do their job correctly, which is to absorb excess heat. When your coils can’t absorb heat properly, your system will run hot. If your AC isn’t cooling effectively, or its cycle feels like it’s running too long, you could have dirty coils.
Blower Motor Shut-Off Issues
If your blower motor won’t shut off or shuts off right away, you may have a technical issue that should be addressed.
The constant starting up and shutting down of your motor isn’t only annoying, but it’s also very bad for your furnace and extremely energy inefficient. If you’re experiencing this issue, just get in touch with us, tell us the problem, and we’ll devise an effective solution.
Your refrigerant is critical to the functionality of your cooling system. If it starts to leak, which can happen for several reasons, you won’t have cold air again until it’s fixed. The most common signs of a refrigerant leak include:
- Loss of cooling power
- Hissing sound emanating from the unit
- Cool air doesn’t blow
- Coils are frozen or icy
- Higher electrical bills than usual
Don’t ignore the signs of a refrigerant leak!
HVAC electrical failures can happen when the electronic controls for your HVAC system are faulty. If there was a recent power outage, you might have noticed some strange behavior from your system due to the electronics within your HVAC system being affected by the sudden shut-off. If your AC won’t automatically switch off when the room temperature meets a certain level, some of your electronic controls may have been affected by loose wiring or faulty connections.
When in Doubt, Call in a Specialist to Take a Look
A well-running HVAC system goes unnoticed. Anything immediately obvious or out of the ordinary that your HVAC system is doing is cause for attention.
You might not know exactly what’s wrong with your HVAC system, but if you suspect something may be malfunctioning, it’s best not to wait until the problem worsens. Contact an HVAC specialist like those at Leading Edge Mechanical Inc as soon as you think your HVAC system could use some improvement. Don’t let yourself waste money on your energy bills. If your last bill was unseasonably high, your system is making noise, giving off an odor, or producing condensation, it’s time to give Leading Edge Mechanical Inc a call.