Summer is in full effect and the temperatures are soaring. This is often when homeowners realize that their HVAC system isn’t running the way it should. Whether you can’t seem to get comfortable or you’re suddenly paying way too much for your cooling needs, you may eventually wonder whether a lack of residential HVAC maintenance is to blame. You’ll definitely want to give your mechanical contractors a call if you observe any of the following signs:
- Your bills are sky high
Naturally, your HVAC bills are going to be higher in extreme temperatures. If you live in an area that experiences scorching heat in summer, you may expect your summertime cooling costs to be high. But do they seem a lot higher than normal? What about if you compare those monthly bills to what you paid last year? If your recent amounts do seem a lot higher, you should contact your HVAC technician to assess whether there might be an undetected problem with your system. After all, if your system has to work a lot harder to compensate for inefficiency, this could account for the steep bills.
- You observe strange noises, sounds, or temperature distribution
Under normal circumstances, your air conditioner should be quiet, provide an even temperature distribution, and emit no odd odors. But if you notice any of these aforementioned symptoms, your unit may be in need of repairs. Pops, clanks, bangs, squeals, rattles, and groans are not normal, nor is frequent cycling; these sounds could point to several different problems. A musty or foul smell could indicate the presence of wiring issues or even mold. And if one room is noticeably warmer or colder than another, you may have a problem with insulation or duct work on your hands. It’s best to contact the professionals to find out the source of the problem and get it fixed ASAP.
- You can’t remember when you last had it inspected
Efficient HVAC systems require inspections twice a year. If you’re struggling to remember the last time you called to have your HVAC unit inspected, it’s probably long overdue for maintenance. Even if nothing is terribly wrong with your system, these maintenance checks can ensure it’s still running the way it should and that small problems are caught early. It may seem like an unnecessary expense, but the reality is that this can actually save you money in the long run. Waiting until something goes really wrong will cost you a lot more and will put your family’s comfort (and safety, in some cases) at risk. Write down a reminder on your calendar or set one up in your phone to make sure you prioritize this twice-yearly maintenance — and call right away to get caught up.
HVAC system maintenance may not be your favorite topic in the world. But your heating and cooling upkeep is important for many reasons. Not only will it ensure that your home stays comfortable, but it will also lower your bills and prevent potential safety hazards. To schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment, please get in touch with us today. Worth the Call. Always.