All of a sudden, the heat starts to make a clicking noise when you turn it on. Or your HVAC system isn’t able to cool your house down to the temperature listed on your thermostat.
Is it time to call someone to see if you need to get an HVAC repair? Here are the top four times you’ll want to call a repair service.
Thermostat Is Broken
The thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system. By setting the temperature, it tells the entire system when to turn it on and off. More sophisticated thermostats also allow you to set a schedule for each day of the week for when to increase or decrease the temperature in your home.
When your thermostat malfunctions, it may not turn on the heat or AC at the proper times, or the fans may not blow at all. In other instances, the thermostat may power cycle your HVAC system, which leads to poor temperature control.
Dirty or Clogged Filter
One of the main problems with HVAC systems malfunctioning is a clogged or dirty filter. The filters are found in your HVAC return. They are meant to filter out all the dust, dirt, pet hair, and all the other stuff that you don’t want circulating through your air system.
The good news is that if you can reach your returns, you can easily switch out a dirty filter yourself. If your return is somewhere you can’t reach (in a cathedral ceiling, etc), it’s important to call someone out to do an HVAC repair and replace it for you.
Ignition or Pilot Control Problem
When turning on the heat, if the fans kick on but the air that comes out of your vents isn’t warm, you may have a problem with your pilot light. The pilot control or ignition is responsible for lighting your pilot light. The pilot, or burner, then heats the air.
If you’ve got a problem with the pilot control or ignition, your air won’t heat up. There’s not much you can do on your own to fix this. If you don’t want to be left out in the cold, call a reputable company out to repair it immediately.
Loud Air Compressor
A loud banging, rattling, hissing or any other type of noise from your air compressor is a bad sign. These noises can indicate anything from a loose part to a refrigerant leak. In a worst-case scenario, a hissing or screaming noise can indicate a build-up of pressure inside the system that can be very dangerous.
Most HVAC systems have a lifespan of between 10-15 years. If your compressor is older than 10 years, it is often less expensive to replace it rather than trying to repair it. A professional HVAC repair company can come out and take a look to let you know what your best options are.
Don’t Wait to Schedule an HVAC Repair
If your HVAC system exhibits one of the problems listed above, don’t wait to schedule someone to come out to take a look. Additional time will only make the problem worse.
Comfort Time Heating and Cooling is one of the top HVAC repair service organizations in southeast L.A. County. If you’re having trouble with your HVAC system, we’d love to help. Contact us to schedule your repair appointment today!