If you're like most homeowners, you just have a basic knowledge of how your HVAC system works. At times, this lack of in-depth knowledge can leave you wondering whether the equipment is operating normally, or there's a problem that needs professional attention.
As a guide, here are some common HVAC problems and how to determine what's normal and not.
Air conditioners, heat pumps and condensing furnaces produce liquid condensate during normal operation, but seeing a puddle of water beneath the equipment is a cause for concern. When everything is working properly, the liquid should drain away unnoticed through the condensate drain system. Water can back up and cause costly damage if the drain line was installed without sufficient slope or it gets clogged with algae and debris.
Your HVAC system's mechanical equipment is bound to make some noise when it's running, and you'll likely become accustomed to the normal sounds made by the blower fan, outdoor compressor, or air movement through the ducts. Alarming new noises can point to serious issues, so call us if you hear hissing, loud rattling, clanking, or high-pitched screeching.
Rising Energy Bills
You expect your energy bills to increase if your utility provider bumps up their rates, or because of seasonal fuel price fluctuations. Your usage can also jump if you have company staying for an extended period, or your household size increases. However, an unexplained rise deserves investigation in case it's due to equipment problems like an age-related decline in efficiency, refrigerant leak, ductwork damage, or dirty cooling coils.
Your HVAC system shouldn't produce any discernible smells when it's working properly. If you notice an odor that reminds you of burnt wiring, musty/dirty socks, or acetone, it's a warning sign of a problem within the system. The cause may be an overheating component, unchecked algae, mold or mildew growth, or a refrigerant leak that needs to be found and fixed for your safety and well-being.
If you're experiencing HVAC problems in your Fort Wayne home and need expert help, contact us at Hartman Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in New Haven, Indiana and surrounding Fort Wayne area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 260-376-2961.