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4 Signs to Call an HVAC Technician

When your HVAC system isn't working as efficiently as it used to, you may see increasing heating and cooling bills or you may never feel like the temperature is just right. If you aren't sure if your system is in need of repairs, check out these four signs for which to look.

Your System Frequently Fails

HVAC systems don't last forever. For example, most air conditioning systems last about 10 to 15 years. As they age, they lose efficiency and break down more often because they have experienced years of wear and tear. If this is the case, you'll likely want to contact a technician to have your system replaced. A repair may get you through the next year, but the system will likely need to be replaced sooner. However, if your system is still new, and it frequently fails or shuts off at peak usage hours, a repair may be just what you need to fix the problem for years.

It Makes Strange Noises and Odors

All HVAC systems make noise. Some are quieter than others, but they all make usual noises with which you quickly become familiar. However, if you notice new noises, such as grinding, this may indicate an issue. You'll also want to watch out for unpleasant odors. A well-functioning system shouldn't have any strange odors. Overtime, however, the system may develop a defect or even mold, which causes the unpleasant smell.

Your Home Is Still too Cold/Hot

Just about everyone has experienced the irritating struggle of trying to reach that perfect temperature. No matter what you do, your home is still a little too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer. If the system is still new and in good condition, you may not need a repair. You may need to have it replaced. This is because your system may simply be too small for your home. Bigger homes require bigger systems for effective heating and cooling. A repair won't fix this. You have to upgrade to a bigger system.

The System Cycles Frequently

In other cases, you may be able to heat and cool your home with ease. In fact, it may seem too effective. If this is the case, pay attention to how frequently your system cycles. If it turns on and off a lot, your HVAC system may be too big. While this is great for quickly heating and cooling your home, it is terrible on your system. Each time your system cycles on or off, it experiences wear and tear. Therefore, the more frequently the system cycles, the quickly it breaks down, needing more repairs and sooner replacement.

If you are experiencing any of these four signs, you must contact a HVAC service such as Lee Air Conditioners Inc. A quick repair may be what you need, but a total replacement may be your best choice to save money in the long run. For more information, contact a technician in your area today.