HVAC units have become a staple in the U.S. household as climates fluctuate. The last thing that you want during a hot summer is to be plagued with an HVAC emergency. Knowing what to look for whenever you start your HVAC system can be the difference between a few hours or a few days without an AC or heater.
Common HVAC Emergencies & How to Spot Them
Here are five common signs that your HVAC unit needs to be repaired or replaced:
- Low airflow—A weakened airflow is one of the first signs that your HVAC unit needs repair. Usually, this means the compressor is failing, or the ductwork is clogged from pollen or mold.
- Strange sounds—If something is broken or wrong with your unit, a sound such as grinding, squealing, or banging might be heard. If you hear something coming from your unit, it may be good to get it fixed to prevent further damage to the unit.
- Pungent odors—A bad smell circulating in your house could be a serious problem and is frustrating to deal with. Musty smells usually indicate mold or mildew growing rapidly in your ductworks, while a burnt smell could be a wiring issue, potentially resulting in a fire.
- Leakage—Any water coming from your unit could be a sign of some serious problems. A refrigerant leak could result in serious health issues for you and your family, or a conditioner line could be broken or blocked, leaking water. Whatever the cause might be, you’ll want to address the leak as fast as possible to prevent mold growth.
- No cool air—Lack of cool air is a common issue. Usually, it’s a result of low levels of refrigerant in the system, meaning it needs to be topped off before you will get any cold air, but it could be a more serious problem like a condenser or compressor failure.
If you have noticed any of these issues, Contact us at Evergreen Plumbing & Heating Co. We have years of experience with a 24/7 emergency service available to those who need it.