Winter is drawing to a close, but chilly days and cold nights are still ahead for San Diego residents. If your heating system isn’t functioning properly, your comfort will suffer. There are many reasons your HVAC system might not be working – here are four of the most common problems your heating system could be experiencing: system making unusual noises, wear and tear, dirty filters, and lack of maintenance.
- System Making Unusual Noises
If your heating system makes loud rumbles, squeaking, rattling, or other sounds while it is running, it could be an indication of a mechanical problem. Fan blades and blower wheels tend to get out of balance especially if you haven’t performed routine maintenance. These types of malfunctions need to be professionally diagnosed and repaired; trying to fix the equipment yourself could void the warranty or cause additional problems.
- Wear and Tear
Over time, regular use of your HVAC system causes normal wear and tear. This gradual degeneration of your equipment can cause heat-control problems, including overheating, as well as airflow issues and mechanical problems. The average HVAC unit has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years so if yours is older, it may be time to replace it. Installing a high efficiency system extends that life expectancy and decreases the rate of efficiency loss keeping your electric bill lower for a longer period of time.
- Dirty Filters
Dirty or clogged air filters impede your HVAC system’s ability to circulate air properly. This makes the system work harder in order to function, putting additional strain on the equipment and damaging both the heating and cooling components. You should check your air filters monthly and clean or replace them as needed, especially before and after the heavy use of a hot San Diego summer or chilly winter. Having a qualified maintenance technician inspect your system in the spring and fall before it gets hot or cold is the best way to avoid system breakdowns when you need it during the peak season.
- Lack of Maintenance
A lack of maintenance can make your heating system function inefficiently, costing you more to run over time, and increases the risk of a costly breakdown. Regular maintenance helps spot and prevent potential issues with your heating system before they become big problems and can help improve your HVAC system’s efficiency, saving you money in the long run.
Precision Temperature’s certified technicians are your local, San Diego-area HVAC experts. Call us today at (619) 588-5321 for service or advice with any home heating problem you encounter!