Do It Yourself is definitely the hottest trend in home improvement and decoration these days, but when it comes to your home’s most important systems, how do you know when you can tackle a project yourself and when it’s time to call a professional? Here are some tips to help you decide when it is time to call an HVAC contractor:
It is best to call in a trained HVAC technician at the first sign of trouble with your heating and cooling system. Though homeowners can do some simple troubleshooting on their own, there are some HVAC issues that are best left up to the experts, including when there is a water leak in an indoor unit, an outdoor unit will not shut off, the indoor fan keeps running, or the outdoor unit is making loud and strange noises or smells. Your HVAC system should be quiet when operating. Loud pops, banging, or grinding noises are strong signs of trouble. You should have any noises checked by a professional since they could point to major problems. If your home’s air conditioner isn’t working properly, your indoor humidity will rise, especially during the summer. This rise in humidity can cause mold, mildew, and musty smells. If you smell gas or a burning smell during the winter, leave your home and call a professional immediately.
Though most homeowners are more than capable of handling basic HVAC maintenance on their own, we still recommend that you call an HVAC contractor for your annual tune-up. The technician will inspect your system for leaks and faulty wiring as well as check the refrigerant charge level and make sure your system is running efficiently. This will help prolong the life of your unit and save you tons of money in the long run. An HVAC professional can often identify worn parts and minor repair issues before they turn into major ones.