There are certain seasons when it’s easier to ignore issues with your HVAC system. For example, in the spring and fall, you’re not using your system as much if at all. This makes it easy to fail to notice if something is wrong.
After a month or two without use, switching your system on could potentially reveal that something is amiss. There are some problems that should definitely be addressed sooner rather than later. Let’s examine the signs your HVAC system will give which means it’s time for air conditioner or heater repair in Salt Lake City, UT.
All air conditioners use refrigerant to keep your home cool. It doesn’t matter if you have a heat pump, a mini split, or a central AC: they all utilize refrigerant. Leaks are a fairly common problem in all these systems. Your AC will give off distinct signs when it’s leaking refrigerant.
- Because refrigerant is essential to its functionality, one of the obvious signs that the level is low is that your AC won’t be able to cool down your home.
- You may notice lukewarm air coming from the vents.
- It’ll keep running as it struggles to reach the temperature that’s set on the thermostat.
- You might also notice a buildup of ice on the lines and coils.
- Listen for the sound of hissing or bubbling, unusual noises that indicate a refrigerant leak.
If left unchecked, refrigerant leaks are bad for numerous reasons. First, refrigerant leaking into the air in your home isn’t good. It’s a hazardous substance that’s meant to stay inside your system. It’s also colorless and odorless so the only way you’ll know you have a leak is by recognizing the signs above.
A refrigerant leak is also bad for your air conditioner. Your AC will keep working to try and cool down your home, leading to high energy bills and massive wear and tear to the system. This can lead to a full system breakdown which means you’ll need a costly replacement.
If you have a gas furnace, you should know the signs of a gas leak. Today’s modern furnaces have safety features meant to guard against leaks but older furnaces are more susceptible to gas leaks. Gas is also odorless and colorless but most utility companies add a harmless chemical called mercaptan which smells like rotten eggs or sulfur.
Although they’re rare, a gas leak in your home is definitely a situation that calls for emergency repairs. This is why your home should have a working, dependable carbon monoxide detector. Inhaling gas fumes is bad for your health and can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. In a worst-case scenario, a gas leak could trigger an explosion in your home.
Air conditioning units have drain lines that are designed to drain off excess water from the evaporator coil. This water accumulates from the natural process of condensation. Sometimes the drain lines can become blocked which can result in water backing up either into the system or around it. Neither situation is good because it can result in damage to your AC, your home, or both.
Signs of a blocked condensate drain line include water visibly leaking from the indoor unit, damp or wet spots in the surrounding area, or signs of mold/rust. It’s always a good idea to check the drain pan and the area surrounding your AC on a monthly basis.
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