Signs You Should Call an HVAC Professional
As long as your home remains a constant temperature, you probably don't think much about your HVAC system. It may cross your mind when you're looking at your energy bill or if someone else in the home messes with the thermostat. Other than that, as long as it seems to be working, you have more important things to worry about. However, aside from the regular maintenance check for your HVAC, there are times when you should call in a professional.
Larger Energy Bill
In this economy, you need all the money you can get. A sudden increase in your energy bill may mean that your utility has raised prices or misread the meter numbers. It may also mean that there's something wrong with your HVAC system. If your home is like most, your heating and air conditioning are responsible for a majority of the energy that you use. If you've eliminated the utility company as the culprit, it's time to call in a professional to look at your HVAC to find out what's going wrong.
Doesn't Work Right
Usually, when people notice the HVAC isn't working properly, they chalk it up to their perception. The air coming out of the vent doesn't feel as cold as normal, but because it's blowing on their skin, it is cooler than the ambient temperature in the room, so it must be cooling, right? The whole point of an HVAC is to keep you comfortable. If you feel like your home isn't hot or cool enough, it's time to get the HVAC checked. You could have a cooling fluid leak, a clogged air filter, or something else. Get a professional out to look at the system and return it to good working order.
Strange Sounds or Odors
You know what your HVAC sounds like, even if only on a subconscious level. You probably rarely hear it because modern HVAC systems are designed to run quietly. If you hear something on start up or shut off that sounds weird, don't dismiss it. When something sounds different than usual, it means something has changed, and it could indicate a problem. The longer you put off correcting a problem, the worst it's going to get.
The same goes for the smell of your HVAC. Any odor coming from your vents is problematic. An animal may crawl inside and die. The rotting smell can become intense in a relatively short time. While animal infestation doesn't occur very often, it can be one reason for the HVAC to smell bad. You may also experience a burning odor. This is much more serious, especially if left untreated. If your HVAC smells like it's burning for more than a few minutes after startup, shut it down and call a professional. The burning smell could indicate an electrical problem, which could lead to a fire. Call a specialist to check out the issue as soon as possible.
Whether you're dealing with heating or air conditioning, it's important to find someone who knows what they are doing to take care of the system. Contact Omega Heating & Air to schedule an appointment for all your heating and cooling systems in McDonough, GA.