As your HVAC unit ages, it starts to show signs of wear. Though these signs often present themselves in different ways, it’s important to pay attention to how your HVAC may be doing. If your unit is fairly new, your repair services might be pretty simple and inexpensive. If your unit is older, you might be looking at some hefty repair prices. Finally, if it is older than the hills themselves, chances are, it’s going to be more cost effective to replace your much-loved old unit for a new model. But how can you know when to fix and when to replace? Hopefully, this blog will give you some great direction as to when your unit just needs a little TLC.
There is quite an array of issues that could be troubling your HVAC unit, but some problems are more common than others. Let’s discuss some of the most common reasons to get service for an HVAC unit:
Trouble with Wiring
When your unit is simply not working properly, there could be a problem with the wiring. Your HVAC unit problems might be as simple as issues with the circuit breaker or fuse. The solutions to these issues are extremely simple. However, if the high-pressure limit switch has been tripped. If this is the case, you’ll want to call your HVAC technician.
If your home is not maintaining its temperature, cycling on and off constantly, or is holding to a temperature that’s simply not up to your standards, there might not be anything wrong with your HVAC unit, though you might be dealing with a faulty thermostat. Thermostat issues are generally easy to tackle and with all of the modern ideas available to you such as digital and remotely operated thermostats, it might be worth upgrading your thermostat to solve your heating and cooling issues.
When your heating and cooling is all over the map and your unit doesn’t seem to have the same cooling capabilities it once did, you might be dealing with a refrigerant leak. Proper levels of refrigerant are vital for your unit to function properly. Additionally, since the substances that would leak out of your HVAC unit are potentially hazardous and could cause further damage if left unrepaired, it’s important to get your unit serviced immediately in the event of a leak.
Some of the issues with your unit might be the result of a frozen coil. This is often the result of an air flow issue. When condensation builds up in your unit, usually the measures are in place to help that moisture evaporate away. But in the event that said moisture starts to freeze, it can really slow things down or cause more damage if left unserviced. The fix for frozen coils might be as easy as changing the air filter, or it could be slightly more significant. Either way, your service pro can give you the lowdown.
Damaged Fan Blades or Other Parts
Your unit is made up of many different parts working together and is not going to last forever. Knowing that your fan blades, compressor, electrical connections, and more are needing regular maintenance to ensure proper function. Older units are going to need more attention made to these individual part. In fact, if your unit is five years old or older, consider having yearly inspections done on your HVAC even if there isn’t a problem.
Lack of Regular Maintenance
As mentioned above, your unit won’t magically keep running for years and years without proper maintenance. It’s vital to call your serviceman regularly and stay on top of any repairs that may need doing. A service pro can usually can instantly diagnose a problem or potential issue and give you possible solutions. But if some of these issues-such as leaks, frozen coils, and broken parts, are left unchecked, they could cause extensive, expensive, and if severe, irreparable damage to your HVAC unit.
Your HVAC unit is a wonderful addition to your home. It takes care of you by keeping you warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and content in those in-between months. But sometimes you need to return the favor by taking care of it. When it starts to show signs of fatigue or age, whether that means a frozen coil, a leak, a faulty thermostat, a broken part, or something else, call your service pro right away to make sure that problems don’t become worse or cause other issues. The solution to your HVAC problem might be as simple as a 10-minute service, but you won’t know until you make that call.
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