As the weather starts to shift and become colder, it is imperative that you make sure that your home’s heating system is working correctly. Though, you may not even notice slight indicators that you need an HVAC repair. Before the snow starts to fall, look for these signs that your home’s heating system may need to be repaired:
1. It hasn’t been serviced in over a year
It is important to have your HVAC system serviced every year to make sure that there are no unknown issues that may be causing you unknown damage or problems. If your HVAC system has gone over a year or even over two years without a service appointment, it may be in need of repairs.
2. You have a higher energy bill
If you take a look at your energy bill for the previous winter and compare it to your energy bill now, is there a large spike in consumption? It is possible that the reason why your energy bill is so high is because your HVAC system is using excess energy to work. A repair can help decrease your energy bill and ensure that your system is working optimally.
3. It frequently turns on and off
A healthy HVAC system registers your desired temperature and raises the temperature to match then turns off once it has met that desired temperature. It will only turn back on when the temperature falls below its set point. If you notice your heating system working very hard to turn on and stay on, it should be serviced immediately.
4. It’s blowing cold air
Typically, when your heating system turns on there may be an initial outflow of cold air. This occurs because the system is in the process of heating up. If you notice this cold air for the duration of the time your heating system is on, it might be an indicator that something is wrong.
5. It’s blowing little to no air
Your heating system should produce a strong gust of wind to warm your home. If you put your hand in front of a vent in your home, a gust of air should push back against your hand. If you are unable to feel anything, there may be a problem with your HVAC system’s belt, motors, or fan.
6. There is hot water leaking out of it
A leak is never an ideal issue to find in your home. If you notice a puddle of water surrounding your HVAC machine it is best to call a professional to address the problem as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you clean the puddle to the best of your ability to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
7. It’s causing gas to leak into the home
If you smell a gas leak coming directly from your HVAC system it is imperative that you shut off the gas and call a technician immediately. Gas leaks can be incredibly dangerous and lead to an explosion or cause a fire if not handled promptly.
8. It isn’t connected to the thermostat
Thermostats are very important machines that are tasked with communicating your temperature preferences to your HVAC system. A blown fuse or electricity problem could be the culprit behind any issues with this communication that may occur.
9. It’s making unusual noises
Unusual noises are a massive indicator to homeowners that their HVAC system might not be working correctly. When functioning properly, your system won’t make any noise while it’s operational and while it’s not. If you are hearing disturbing noises coming from your HVAC machine, it is best to call a technician to identify and fix the problem immediately.
10. It’s over 15 years old
Like most appliances and other important home systems, HVAC systems have a lifespan. A typical HVAC system can last anywhere from 15-20 years. If you notice repeated issues and are in need of constant repairs, it may be because your system is reaching the end of its life.
More often than not, repairs are a one-time fix that will greatly improve the quality of your HVAC system. If you are facing repeated repairs and similar issues it may be time to consider replacing the entire system.