A lot of people in northern Utah will overlook certain HVAC issues until they turn into emergency repairs!
It’s likely that you’ll recognize when your air conditioner or furnace breaks down or runs into significant issues, and there’s no denying just how big of a hassle it can be when your HVAC system needs to be serviced immediately. This is partly because HVAC emergencies tend to happen during the heat of summer and the heart of the winter season!
What a lot of homeowners tend to forget about is that certain overlooked HVAC issues can slowly but surely turn into emergencies when neglected. And even when emergencies don’t come up, lingering HVAC dilemmas will almost always result in a significant repair bill that otherwise would’ve been more easily budgeted for.
Although it’s understandable how you might want to put off certain repairs as long as you can, there simply are things that can’t wait. Common HVAC issues might seem like somewhat minor inconveniences at first, but they’re often lingering emergency situations in disguise.
Below are a few “minor” HVAC issues that you shouldn’t overlook at your home or business!
It’s often pretty difficult to detect airflow inefficiencies because not everyone is consistently checking every vent to see if they’re working correctly. You might turn on your AC or furnace and simply think that everything’s working fine, only to find out later that your indoor air temperature has barely changed after hours of usage.
There are a number of causes for airflow inefficiencies, and one common cause is dirty ductwork. Clogged air filters can also contribute to this dilemma, which is why it’s so important to switch out your property’s HVAC filters at least every 2-3 months.
It’s also possible that your airflow inefficiency is being caused by a blower motor malfunction. Your HVAC system relies heavily upon its blower motor, and these motors often break down due to overheating or many years of wear and tear.
But regardless of what exactly is causing your property’s airflow inefficiency, it’s important to remember that this isn’t something that’ll simply go away. Be sure to reach out to our industry experts when you suspect that you’re dealing with serious system malfunctions connected to a lack of airflow!
Lack of Hot Air
Another serious HVAC warning sign is when your home is lacking in hot air, particularly when you’re running your furnace. Although this is something that generally is only recognizable during the winter, it’s something that can easily be overlooked until you find yourself in a pickle.
One common cause of this issue is a cracked heat exchanger, which can potentially pose a serious health hazard to your household—along with HVAC inefficiencies. The main issue associated with a cracked heat exchanger is the potential for a carbon monoxide leak, which is incredibly dangerous and even lethal in some scenarios!
If your home is suddenly lacking warm air during the winter, it’s time to reach out to the Beehive team to have your system thoroughly inspected. Although you might not necessarily be at risk of carbon monoxide exposure, it’s still important to check off all the boxes and get to the source of your heating problems as soon as possible!
It’s normal to notice some smells when you turn your furnace on for the first time during the winter season, but these smells are supposed to go away after a few minutes. If your HVAC system’s strange smells don’t go away, it typically means that you have other issues that need to be handled.
Strange burning smells are sometimes connected to burning plastic, which is often connected to faulty electrical wiring. If you suspect that you’re smelling burnt wiring, it’s definitely time to shut off your furnace and reach out to the Beehive experts for an immediate inspection appointment.
It’s also common for homeowners to smell HVAC odors that are similar to rotten eggs when they use their furnace. This type of smell typically means that there’s a gas leak somewhere on your property, which, of course, would need to be fixed ASAP. Natural gas is given a sulfur-like chemical odorant for safety purposes so that rotten egg smell is often associated with leaks.
Clogged Condensate Drain
Your HVAC system’s condensate drain line is what removes water that can impact your AC’s evaporator coils. When this drain becomes clogged, water will pool up in the condensate tray and potentially overflow. Clogged condensate drains are also known for triggering an air conditioner’s shutoff switch.
No one wants their AC system to stop working during the middle of summer, so reaching out to us for professional support is your best option when you’re dealing with a clogged condensate drain.
When this issue leads to overflowing, it’s important to treat it like any other household leak by keeping the water away from electrical components and appliances. This type of scenario also requires a thorough cleanup in order to reduce the likelihood of mold development or other water damage.
Contact Beehive Heating & Air When You’re Dealing With HVAC Issues!
It’s unfortunately pretty easy to overlook your property’s HVAC system and simply assume that it’ll always work as it’s supposed to. It’s also just as easy to overlook seemingly minor HVAC issues and think that they’ll work themselves out with time.
This type of HVAC maintenance neglect is always a bad idea, especially in areas like northern Utah that experience severe weather patterns. If you suspect that something might be awry with your HVAC system, you shouldn’t wait to receive professional feedback.
Reach out to us online or call 801-849-3860 to schedule your next inspection appointment today!