When it comes to the operating systems in your home, your HVAC system is among the hardest working. Between the heat of summer and the cold of winter, your system might never get a break. Unfortunately, all that hard work can leave your HVAC system susceptible to malfunctions, which is the last thing you want to deal with. Now that summer is just around the corner, it's time to take care of some maintenance issues for your HVAC system. If you're still not sure that your HVAC needs care, here are three signs you should be looking for. If any of them seem familiar, it's time for some much-needed maintenance.
Your Thermostat Isn't Programmable
Take a look at your thermostat. If it's a generic, non-programmable style, it's time to call your HVAC technician. You might not think that the two things go together, but they do. First, if your thermostat is still non-programmable, it's probably been quite a while since you had an HVAC technician out to your house. Second, if your thermostat is non-programmable, your HVAC system is probably working harder than it needs to. With a programmable thermostat, you can ensure that your heating and cooling systems only come on when they need to, and shut off at the designated time. You'll save money, and your heating and cooling systems won't need to work so hard.
You Hear Strange Noises During the Night
During the day, it's difficult to hear problems with your heating and cooling system. That's because all the other noise can drowned in out. However, at night you can hear everything you missed during the day. If you're hearing clanking, rattling, or popping from the furnace or the ducts, you need to have your HVAC system inspected immediately. Those night time sounds could be your HVAC systems way of telling you that it's about to malfunction.
You Missed the Last Scheduled Maintenance Date
Take a look at your calendar. If it's been more than a year since you scheduled your last maintenance call for your HVAC system, or you missed the last one you scheduled, it's time to contact your HVAC repair technician. Missing those much-needed maintenance appointments can lead to a break down of your equipment. After all, during those maintenance appointments, your service technician will inspect the wiring and the blower motor, and clean the furnace and AC coils. If you're not having those scheduled maintenance appointments, you could end up with some very costly repair bills.