keeping your HVAC system running efficiently

Do you know what it takes to keep your home heating system working efficiently? Most people know that the filters need to be changed from time to time, but exactly when should you be changing them? What type of filter should you be using? Is there anything else that homeowners can do to ensure that the system they rely on to heat and cool their homes operates using as little energy as possible? My blog will show you all sorts of things about maintaining your home heating and cooling system. In the end, you will know just what to do to take care of your home's system.

HVAC Issues That Need Professional Attention

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There are multiple home HVAC issues that should be assessed and treated by a professional technician. Here are a few of them:

Suspected Mold

Mold can be a serious problem in areas where there is a large amount of moisture. Although mold is often unsightly, it can cause more significant issues when it invades your HVAC system. Harmful spores can be spread throughout your home, causing health problems for you and your loved ones.

Mold often has a characteristic mildewy odor. In addition, mold growth may present as dark slimy or fuzzy spots. If you have seen signs of mold near your HVAC vents or have smelled it as your HVAC system blows air, you may have a mold infestation. A professional HVAC technician can assess your system to confirm the presence of mold. If mold is found, remediation efforts can begin.

In addition to the ducts and vents of your home, mold can develop in the following system components:

Drain Pans and Cooling Coils

As condensate accumulates around the cooling coils, the water is collected in the drain pan. If the moisture sits in the pan too long, mold may develop.

Grilles and Screens

Damp dust and other debris can collect in system grilles and screens, allowing mold to grow and fester.

Loud System Noises

Unusual noises should be assessed as soon as possible. The noises could be due to system components that have become loosened over time from system vibrations. While the components are still in place, the parts may only need to be tightened. However, once a component becomes completely displaced, it may damage other system components. 

Noises can also be emitted due to worn system belts or obstructions that limit the movements of fans and other components.

Lack of Communication Between Thermostat and System

If your HVAC system does not respond to changes in thermostat settings, it could be a problem with the thermostat. A failed thermostat may be unable to relay a target temperature that would cause your HVAC system to blow air to cool a home. However, wiring issues and even a failing compressor could cause these problems. If the problems are not addressed by a technician, your system may remain inoperable. 

Although there are many different HVAC issues that can develop, most should only be diagnosed and addressed by a trained technician. If you are experiencing problems with your HVAC system, schedule an appointment with a technician, such as one from Wright Total Indoor Comfort.  

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19 July 2016