While we’re proponents of regularly scheduled HVAC preventative maintenance, we understand that sometimes life happens. If you miss a tune-up or two, keep an eye, ear or nose out for some of the signs that your system may need some TLC.
#1. Your Bill Is Higher Than Usual
Sure, energy prices and usage may vary from month to month. But if you see irregularities, well, regularly, it’s probably a good indication you should have your HVAC equipment inspected. Systems running around the clock to achieve a desired setpoint may be failing and should be checked on as soon as possible.
#2. It Feels Uncomfortable (or People Are Complaining)
This one seems obvious, but keep in mind it’s not just the ambient temperature that matters. If you’re feeling too much moisture in the air, your thermostat setting may be faulty or your HVAC could be short cycling. Either way, it’s worth a closer look from a professional.
#3. You Hear Strange Noises
When our cars start thumping and bumping, we usually know something’s up. HVAC is no different, and new or different sounds may mean service is in order. If the noise isn’t constant, try recording it on your phone to help the technician with a diagnosis.
#4. You Smelled Funky Odors
If you’ve noticed unusual scents coming from your equipment, first determine if the smells are gas-like. If they are, shut down your unit as soon as possible as there may be a heightened risk of fire or explosion. This is definitely not a repair call you want to put off!
#5. There Are Thermostat Troubles
When your thermostat setpoint and the feel of the room are at odds with one another, you’re either under the weather or your HVAC needs a checkup!
#6. Care Has Been Delayed
Ideally, you’d get the system assessed annually. But like we said, life happens. If it’s been more than three years since you had a routine check-up, stop procrastinating and call your local service team. It can be much more expensive to delay service if the system’s life is cut short as a result.
So there you have it, folks. Be on the lookout for these signs...or don’t wait for them at all. It’s true what they say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!