13 Signs Your HVAC System Needs Immediate Attention

Your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system works to maintain the temperature in your home year-round. However, like any home system, it can sustain wear and tear over time. Knowing the warning signs of common HVAC problems can help you save money and ensure your family remains safe and comfortable. Here are 13 important indications that signal your HVAC system may have issues.

1. Poor Airflow

Over time, you may notice that the air coming from your vents seems weaker than usual. This is a common sign of an HVAC issue. Poor airflow can be caused by blocked ductwork, a malfunctioning blower fan, or a clogged air filter. Reduced airflow can result in higher or lower indoor temperatures, as well as reduced HVAC efficiency.

2. Odd Noises Coming From Your Vents

Clanking, squealing, grinding, or banging noises can indicate a wide array of problems, ranging from a failing motor to loose components. There may even be debris clogging the system. Do not ignore these noises – doing so can lead to more expensive repairs down the line.

3. Rapid Cycling

Does your HVAC system turn off and on more often than usual? Rapid cycling can be a sign there is a serious problem with your system. A damaged thermostat, refrigerant leaks, or an oversized unit can cause rapid cycling. Not only can rapid cycling lead to reduced comfort and higher energy bills, but it can also place strain on your system and cause it to wear out earlier.

4. Uneven Heating or Cooling

Problems with improper insulation, a failing thermostat, or faulty ductwork can all result in uneven heating or cooling. Quickly addressing these issues can help your home’s temperature return to normal and prevent future problems.

5. High Humidity Level

If there is excessive moisture in your home’s air even when your air conditioner runs, your system may be losing its dehumidification capabilities. High humidity can create an environment ideal for mildew and mold growth and reduce your family’s comfort considerably.

6. Foul Odors

A moldy or musty smell can be a symptom there is mold inside your ductwork. A burning smell can be indicative of overheating components or an electrical issue. Do not ignore these smells. They can pose a health risk to you, and if there is a serious electrical issue, you could be facing a fire hazard.

7. High Energy Bills

Are your energy bills much higher than usual even though your use of your HVAC system has not changed? If they are, your system could be struggling to run properly. By scheduling regular maintenance and making prompt repairs, you can ensure your energy bills remain reasonable and your HVAC system works as long as possible.

8. Water or Refrigerant Leaks

Water pooling around your HVAC system can be a bad sign. Leaking coolant or water can indicate a wide range of problems. If you leave leaks or moisture unchecked, they can cause water damage and make your HVAC system less efficient and effective.

9. Old Age

Like any appliance, your home’s HVAC system won’t live forever. The majority of systems last between 10 and 15 years, depending on factors such as maintenance, usage, and installation quality. If your HVAC system is older than 10 years, you may need to start considering a replacement.

10. Visible Signs of Damage or Corrosion

You should examine the state of your HVAC system from time to time to see if there are any overt signs of physical corrosion or damage. Cracks, leaks in ductwork, or rust can be signs of a deeper issue that needs immediate attention. Corrosion can cause your HVAC system to work less efficiently and result in leaks and electrical problems.

11. Constant Malfunctions

Constantly repairing an older HVAC system can actually be more expensive than investing in a new unit. If you are always having to make repairs, you may need to bring in our HVAC professionals for a consultation regarding installing a new, more efficient, system.

12. Poor Indoor Air Quality

If you’ve noticed a reduction in your home’s air quality, there could be a variety of causes. It could be as simple as a dirty air filter, or your HVAC system could be failing. An HVAC professional can help identify the cause behind your air quality problem and recommend repairs if necessary.

13. Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

Frequently tripping circuits are a sign one of your home’s appliances, such as your HVAC system, is using too much electricity. If your HVAC system is using too much electricity, it is probably overworked. It could also mean your system is too big for your home.

Your Local Experts

BELOMAN offers a variety of HVAC and plumbing services, and we can help you if you believe your HVAC system needs to be repaired or replaced entirely. Our services are affordable, professional, and prompt, and we always strive to satisfy our customers. We are a family-owned business and have been providing exceptional results to the Belleville area for more than 60 years. Contact us at BELOMAN today to schedule an appointment.