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Name that Sound: 3 Signs You Have an HVAC Problem


It’s a warm day in Marietta, Georgia, so you turn down the temperature and wait for that cool air. But as your air conditioner turns on, a harsh grating sound screams through your home. That can’t be good. Catch HVAC problems early by watching for these three signs, then give your unit the TLC it needs with professional maintenance.

High Utility Bills

Maybe you opened your utility bill this month and your wallet started aching. How could it be so much higher than last month when that last bill was already higher than usual? Increased utility costs are often one of the first signs of HVAC problems. The harder your system works to maintain comfort, the more your costs will rise and HVAC problems cause your system more strain than it’s accustomed to. That bill could also be higher because your system is running too long, which is another symptom of HVAC issues.

Less Comfort

Your air conditioner has been running all day, so why is your home still warm? Your HVAC system shouldn’t have any problems maintaining comfort in your living space, so your discomfort is likely a sign of an HVAC problem. Sometimes reduced comfort is caused by problems in your ductwork that are restricting your airflow. Worn or broken components within your AC unit can also cause strain that makes the system less efficient and less able to meet your demands.

Strange Sounds and Smells

Abnormal odors and sounds are never good, especially when those abnormalities are coming from your HVAC system. If you’re smelling something musty or burning when your unit turns on, that could point to a worn or broken piece of your system. An odor like rotten eggs, on the other hand, usually indicates a gas leak. Bangs, clangs, squeals, or whistles coming from your HVAC system are symptoms of loose or broken components.

What do you do when you’re experiencing symptoms of illness? You call the doctor. If your HVAC system is experiencing these problems, it needs some professional care, too. To remedy these symptoms with HVAC maintenance, call E. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning at 678-369-8866.

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