Your home's HVAC system plays such an important role in keeping your home comfortable all year round. Not only will it cool the home in the summer and heat it in the winter, but it will also filter the air that goes through the system. This means that dust, pollen, mold spores, and other pollutants in the air will be removed, so the air that comes out of the system will be cleaner than the air that goes into it. HVAC systems are hardy systems. However, they can experience issues over time and require assistance. This article will cover some signs of a few of the most common types of problems, so you can detect an issue and get someone out to fix it as quickly as possible.
An air conditioning refrigerant leak
The HVAC system depends on there being an adequate amount of refrigerant in the system in order for it to cool properly. Without the refrigerant, the system can blow cool air with bouts of warm air, and then it will get to the point where warm air is all that's coming out of the registers. A refrigerant leak can come on slowly. However, it will continue to get bigger, and it won't take long for the system to run out of refrigerant if ignored. As soon as you feel like the cold air isn't coming out consistently or you notice it's taking longer to cool the home, you want to have the technician come out to fix the leak and add more refrigerant to the system.
Air leaks can come from different places
Refrigerant leaks aren't the only type of leak that you need to be concerned with. There can also be leaks in other areas, such as the air ducts. These leaks can cause air that's already been heated or cooled to escape before it makes it to the registers. This can cause the system to work much harder than it should to reach the temperature set on the thermostat. Not only does this raise your heating and cooling bills, but it also puts much more wear on the system and can shorten its lifespan. If your HVAC system seems to be running more or if you hear a whooshing or whistling sound, then the technician should come out. They can quickly track down leaks for you and fix them right away.
Condensation drains can get clogged and cause problems
The HVAC system will have a condensation drain that captures and drains away the condensation that comes from the system. However, sometimes this drain can become clogged. When this happens, it can cause the water to overflow and cause water damage and/or mold growth. Also, most HVAC systems are designed to automatically shut off if a clog occurs. This means you won't be able to turn on the system until someone comes out and takes care of the clog.
For more information on residential HVAC repair, contact a professional near you.