Clues to determine HVAC Issues
There are telltale signs that could indicate possible HVAC Issues. (Photo Credits)
A home’s HVAC unit can exhibit clues that there may be operational issues in the offing. It is then very important to regularly have HVAC units inspected and maintained to avoid issues.
Third Party Service Ratings Website Angie’s List for instance shared HVAC sounds that may indicate problems in the HVAC Unit. Loud rattling is one of the sounds they mentioned in their article. Plumbing Association of San Diego
“Loud rattling, thumping, clanking or banging noises — These sounds usually indicate a problem with the blower assembly or motor. Rattling usually means that a component in the system is coming loose. The problem should be repaired before the part breaks or disconnects completely. If you hear louder banging sounds when the blower is running, shut the system off. At this point, something has broken or disconnected. Occasionally, the motor mounts on the assembly can become loose. The blower may also be out of alignment. Unusual rattling sounds can come from motor bearings. The motor assembly should be inspected by a qualified technician.”
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Time to Replace?
Energy Star shared in its official homepage signs that it may be time to replace a home’s HVAC system. A/C And HVAC
“Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old. Consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old. Consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR qualified furnace, which is 15% more efficient than a conventional furnace. If you have a boiler, consider replacing with an ENERGY STAR qualified boiler that is 5% more efficient than a new, standard model.”
Read the rest of the signs here.
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Networx.com also came up with an article that enumerated signs homeowners should be aware of, in relation to repair and replacement of their HVAC Units. Faltering heat exchanger is one of the signs that they mentioned.
“The heart of any gas-fired furnace is the heat exchanger. It transfers the heat from the gas burners to the air that circulates through the system. If a heat exchanger develops cracks or holes, replacement of the appliance is imminent. Heat exchangers can crack if they get too hot and expand beyond their design limits. This can actually be caused, over time, by dirty air filters, but it’s most often just a condition of old age. Heat exchangers are vulnerable to rust if there’s excessive moisture in the area … or if the furnace is tied to a central AC whose interior exchanger has a problem with its condensate pan or drain, resulting in water dripping onto the furnace exchanger.”
Read the rest of the warning signs here.
HVAC Maintenance and regular inspection is indeed very important to prolong the life of a Unit.
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