Your HVAC unit will usually signal when it needs maintenance. If you get your equipment serviced as soon as you detect an issue, you can usually avoid serious consequences. However, if you ignore the problem, you may have to deal with an HVAC repair or even an HVAC replacement for your Buford home. Take these warning signs seriously. If they occur, schedule preventive HVAC maintenance.
1. Uncharacteristic Noises from HVAC Unit
Disturbing sounds coming from your HVAC unit usually indicate a serious problem that needs immediate attention. Thumping or rattling can mean loose or damaged parts knocking about inside the unit. Buzzing could be caused by a faulty electrical connection that might pose a fire hazard.
2. An Increase in Utility Bills
If your energy bills are unusually high, your HVAC may be overworking. HVAC units are tough, durable systems with everything they need to get the job done. However, if they aren’t cleaned every year, they have to work while covered with a thick layer of dirt. That consumes extra energy, and the cost appears on utility bills. System overwork can also be caused by airflow obstructions that the unit must power through.
3. Puddles around the Indoor Unit
Puddles can be caused by a refrigerant leak or by a clogged condensate drain. Refrigerant leaks can be dangerous and should always be evaluated by a professional immediately. Condensate line leaks can damage your equipment, stain your walls, cause ceiling leaks and create a fire hazard.
4. Unpleasant Smells Coming from Your Vents
Nasty odors can be caused by bacteria and mold that’s growing in your unit or your ductwork. A professional cleaning will usually resolve the issue. If you smell a sharp, burning odor, there may be an electrical problem.
At Pruitt Heating & Air, Inc., our NATE-certified service technicians can keep your HVAC system in top condition. Call today to learn more about our preventive maintenance agreements.