The days of warmer weather are near and with the temperature change comes a big switch in your home – turning off the heater in exchange for your air conditioner. As things start to warm up outside, it’s the best time to inspect your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit.
Similar to when you’re not feeling well and have symptoms that require you to see a doctor; a broken HVAC system also gives off warning signs that it needs a check-up and maintenance. Don’t ignore these signs for too long as it may lead to more costly repairs. No one wants to be in an uncomfortably warm house for too long anyway. An experienced and knowledgeable technician from Valley Furnace can help diagnose and treat the cause of your HVAC problems.
When your system starts up, there is an unusual odor
A funky smell doesn’t always mean that your HVAC is rotten and full of mold; it could be a simple fix of replacing a dirty air filter. Many different aromas can tell you what’s wrong, like a musty or moldy smell might lead you to find a build-up of condensation in the unit. You may also smell electrical odors (imagine the scent of something overheating). In this case, turn off your unit and check the filter to see if it’s dirty and restricting air flow. Other dangerous smells include rotten eggs and gas. In these instances, you should open the windows to your home, leave and call a technician immediately.
AC constantly blowing and never shuts off
Your system could be running low on refrigerant or has an airflow restriction.
Restricted airflow through the unit
If you have airflow issues, you can usually first tell by hot and cold spots throughout your house. Different signs might include strange things like doors slamming seemingly out of nowhere, strange whistling noises and drafty areas (it’s probably not a ghost, just bad airflow). The obvious sign is no or low airflow coming from your vents or if they’re blowing warm air. Don’t ignore these problems as they can ultimately lead to compressor failure. The compressor acts as the heart of your air conditioner unit and when it goes, so too does your unit.
Water leakage and overflowing drain pan
An AC unit’s drain pan overflowing is one of the most frequent causes of water leakage from a central AC system. This problem is especially more common when the weather gets hotter in the summer. If your HVAC system’s pipes and coils are blocked with dirt, rust or other debris, they can start leaking. You could also have a clogged air filter, low refrigerant or a cracked condensate drain pan. If you see any water leakage or signs of mold you need to call Valley Furnace.
Perform regular maintenance to avoid more significant issues later
- Not all systems are the same, and there are many variables that determine the frequency of filter changes. Some filter sizes are smaller and might require more frequent changes than bigger ones. When you install a new system or move into a new home, you should check your filter after the first month and then every two to three months.
- Keep your home’s humidity to 30 to 50 percent consistently to prevent the growth of moisture-born dust mites and mold. High humidity levels can lead to dangerous mold outbreaks that require professional remediation.
- The average lifespan of an HVAC system is about 15 years, though some can last for another 5 to 10 years if they are adequately maintained on a consistent basis. If you are in the market for an upgraded unit make sure to get one that has earned the ENERGY STAR label which can save you up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs.
Valley Furnace, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company that installs, services and maintains all major brands of heating and cooling systems including heat pumps, ductless heat pumps, gas, and electric furnaces and air conditioners. They perform a variety of maintenance services to protect customers. Maintenance plans allow technicians to find problems before there is an expensive and inconvenient breakdown. By providing customers with unparalleled service and customer care, Valley Furnace has grown to be one of the largest and most respected heating contractor companies in the greater Pierce County area.