When you’re having problems with the heating and cooling in your home, you’ll probably wonder when you should call a professional and when you should ignore it. The answer is, you should probably always reach out to a professional because the longer you wait to call for service, the worse the situation can become. Your HVAC system is a critical component for your home’s comfort and the problem will not go away.
Here are four signs that you might need to call on a professional to help:
Unit turning on and off frequently
If you notice that your unit turns on and off in short intervals, your HVAC system may in a process called short cycling. There can be a few different issues that can cause short cycling, and it is important to get a professional out to find the cause of the short cycle. A short cycle can be caused by low refrigerant levels, iced or dirty evaporator coil, or a dirty/clogged air filter.
Humidity in your home
When the humidity is high, your HVAC system has to work harder to keep the home at a comfortable temperature. When you may have an older or wrong-sized HVAC system, it can result in a ‘stickiness’ in your home. This is because the air is holding all the extra moisture that isn’t being properly removed from the unit. A professional can take a look and pinpoint the issue in the unit and fix the problem.
Freezing near unit
If you notice any spilling, freezing, or puddling in or close to your unit, it’s likely a direct result of a blockage in your buildup line. This is the line that evacuates buildup that may freeze on the unit’s coils, that could spill out, or that may puddle on the ground. This could likewise be a sign of a Freon leak in the system. As a homeowner, when you observe a buildup of water or ice on your HVAC components, it is time to reach out to a HVAC professional and get some help.
Bad smells coming from system
If you start to notice a burning or musty odor from your vents, then there is possibly an issue with your HVAC system. In most cases there has begun to be a buildup of mold or mildew in the vents or in your unit. This can be easily fixed by hiring a professional to clean your air ducts and take a look at your unit. Another smell to look out for is an electrical smell. This could indicate a short has occurred in the system and requires immediate attention from a licensed professional.
There are many signs that you need to schedule a licensed professional to take a look at your HVAC unit, and it is important to not wait too late to repair issues. The biggest tip is to schedule annual maintenance on your unit to make sure that everything is running properly. Give us a call to schedule your maintenance appointment and not run into trouble later.