Are you having trouble maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home? Are you hearing funny noises when you run your home’s heater or air conditioning unit?

If so, it might be time to call an HVAC company before things get even worse. After all, the sooner an HVAC repair company can diagnose and fix an issue, the cheaper and easier it will be.

But if you let issues grow and grow over time, the problems could get much worse, leading to far more expensive repairs or the need for a replacement system altogether.

And HVAC replacements aren’t cheap, often costing thousands of dollars. Sure, they are important expenses, but if you can keep your existing ones running efficiently as long as possible, that’s the best situation.

If you suspect an HVAC problem, then pay attention to the following seven signs to confirm if, in fact, you do need to call for HVAC service right away.

  1. Air Conditioner Not Producing Cold Air

Everyone loves the summertime, but nobody likes sweating inside their home. Our homes are meant to be the cool, relaxing escape from the summer heat.

If your AC unit isn’t producing cold air, then you have a big problem. There are multiple reasons why your AC unit might not be working or might be blowing out warm air instead of cold air.

A broken fan, damaged compressor, or low levels of freon are common causes. Don’t let summer be miserable; call an HVAC company right away to solve the issue.

  1. Heater Not Warming Home

In the summer, not having cold air pumped into your home will make it uncomfortable, but it’s not the end of the world. In the winter, however, not having heat can be dangerous. This is especially true for those who experience real winters, where temperatures often drop below freezing at night.

If you notice your home isn’t getting warm like it should when the heat is running, then you have a big problem. Call an HVAC technician immediately, so they can restore functionality to your heater, which will keep your family safe.

If you have an older, less reliable heater in your home, you should have a couple of space heaters on hand, should your unit ever go out in the winter.

  1. HVAC System Cycles On and Off Constantly

Another problem that people don’t often notice right away is when their heating and cooling systems are constantly turning on and off again. Your system should not just be running for a few minutes at a time.

Once it’s on, it should stay on until your home reaches the set temperature. But if it’s constantly turning on and off, there’s an issue in your system. Not only will this be annoying to hear, but it will take much longer for your home to become comfortable. And your power bills might increase as a result.

This is often due to a problematic thermostat, which an HVAC technician can fix or replace with ease. If you don’t yet have a smart thermostat, have them install one. It will make your life easier and save you tons of money throughout the year.

  1. Water Leaks Beneath Your System

As a homeowner, you should be checking on the equipment in your utility room, basement, or garage at least once a week to ensure everything looks the way it should.

One thing to look for is water leakage. If you notice dripping or pooling under your HVAC unit, you could have an issue with your condenser. What does a condenser do? The ultimate guide to condensers can be found here if you want to try troubleshooting it yourself.

However, since water leakage is present, it’s best to have a professional out immediately to ensure no further leaks and water damage is sustained b your home. Leaks are not something to take lightly.

  1. Increased Dust in the Home

The air quality in the standard American home isn’t great. In fact, it’s often worse than the air outside.

This is largely due to the fact that air ducts aren’t cleaned regularly, and dust can build up inside the ducts. Your HVAC system can also collect a lot of debris, cause dust to be released into the ducts and then around the rest of your home through the vents.

If you notice excess dust in your home or breathing issues like excessive coughing or sneezing, you may need to have your duct cleaned, and your HVAC system cleaned and serviced.

  1. Foul or Burning Smells or Strange Sounds

Smelling anything funky? It could be the result of dust and debris build up inside your air ducts. Or it could be mold. Hopefully, an animal hasn’t found its way into your ducts.

Or does it smell like something is burning? If you notice any off-putting smells, call an HVAC company right away. Bad smells could mean that the air in you’re home is unsafe to breathe.

  1. Higher Than Normal Energy Bills

Nobody wants to waste their hard-earned money on energy bills. That’s why it’s a good idea to pay attention to your monthly gas and electric bills and compare them to previous months and years.

If you notice any spikes in energy use and cost outside of seasonal usage increases, then something might be wrong with your system. Prices typically increase on a gradual basis. Sudden and sustained spikes mean that your unit isn’t working the way it should, and it’s going to cost you a lot of money until you get it fixed.

Hire an HVAC Company Ahead of Peak Season

Convinced you need to hire an HVAC company? Every city has dozens to choose from.

The best HVAC company will be quick to pick up the phone or respond to emails. They can generally arrive within a few days unless it’s peak season (middle of summer and middle of winter).

Try planning for repairs, such as in the spring or fall, to ensure your system is prepared for the intense season ahead.

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