Your HVAC system is a vital component, providing comfort for your Lake Park, FL, home throughout the year. Because of its role in the home and its cost, maintaining your HVAC system is essential to energy efficiency, lower bills and that perfect temperature. Your HVAC system requires routine maintenance and will show signs that it needs service. Here are just a few of the warning signs that indicate you need an HVAC professional to take care of your heating and cooling system.
Dust Throughout the Home
If you’ve ever noticed excessive amounts of dust in your home, or you’re climbing an uphill battle to keep your home clean, it’s possible that your HVAC system is the culprit. Over time, dust and dirt build up in the HVAC’s components as well as the air ducts, leading to reduced efficiency and extra strain on the system. Without a thorough cleaning and inspection, chances are your HVAC system won’t last as long as it would with maintenance.
Yellow Pilot Light
While many homeowners know that the pilot light is the source of heat and hot water in the home, few know just how it works. When you light or check the pilot, it should burn with a blue flame. This indicates that the furnace or water heater is getting the correct mix of natural gas and air for proper function. However, if you see that the pilot light burns yellow or orange, it means that the mix of fuel and air is incorrect. This is a potentially dangerous situation, in which the furnace creates more toxic byproducts that could enter the home. If you notice this problem, make sure to shut off the pilot light and contact us immediately.
Constantly Adjusting the Thermostat
A few degrees on the thermostat make a marked difference in comfort. However, you shouldn’t have to constantly adjust your thermostat to make this happen. This problem becomes even more exacerbated if you have an older, analog thermostat, as it doesn’t have the pinpoint accuracy of modern programmable and smart thermostats. If you’re satisfied with your current thermostat and aren’t ready to upgrade, routine maintenance is a solid solution. However, it might just be time to consider a replacement. An old or faulty thermostat puts unnecessary strain on the system, which could cause failure in extreme temperatures. Our technicians can test your thermostat and let you know if an upgrade is necessary.
Because you’re typically confined to only a few rooms in your house throughout the day, you might not notice drafty spots at first, but they’re certainly noticeable if there’s a temperature drop outside. If you notice hot, cold, and drafty locations in your home, it’s often a sign that there’s something wrong with your central air ducts. Most of the time, the ductwork has separated, and it just requires a professional sealing. In some cases, animals enter the ducts and die, creating airflow problems and send harmful bacteria into the air. If you notice drafty spots coupled with unpleasant odors, a call to us is highly recommended.
Your Air Conditioner Stops Working
If your air conditioner stops working, a majority of the time it’s a simple fix. However, there are scenarios in which it becomes a realistic fire hazard. Without proper maintenance, components of the air conditioner fall into disrepair, and if they aren’t fixed, they can pose a serious risk. Blown capacitors, a broken fan, a low-voltage power supply and improper installation are all factors in air conditioner fires, making it important to schedule annual maintenance for your unit.
You can’t put a price on your family’s safety and comfort, so there’s no reason to ignore HVAC warning signs when they appear. If you notice any of these signs, make sure to call Mechanical Air Conditioning at 561-899-4587. Our expert technicians will solve the problem quickly and professionally so you can get on with your day.
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