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Signs you should call an HVAC professional right away

There are always small issues around the house that get put off until tomorrow, for any number of reasons — it slipped under the radar today, something more important came up, or it just didn’t fit into an already busy schedule. Usually, this is fine, but when it comes to taking care of the household HVAC system, there are several warning signs for issues that should be tackled immediately. These are not every day, minor issues, that can be tackled by picking up a small part at the hardware store, but rather situations that could pose a risk to safety and should be addressed by a professional. To keep your household covered, keep an eye (and ear, and nose) out for these signs that you should call an HVAC professional right away.

 Weak Output or No Cold/Warm Air

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If the air coming through the vents is warm when it should be cold, or a slight breeze when it should be a full gust, then there is more than likely a major issue. One likely culprit is a blockage somewhere in the ducts, especially if the issue can be isolated to specific rooms rather than the whole house. However, it could be more serious, which could also cause the system to run harder than it should.

Odd Odors

You may notice that the breeze blowing from your vents is bringing with it an odd scent or foul odor. While the unpleasant smell in and of itself is something that should be cleared up, depending on the type of smell could help pinpoint a number of different, much larger issues. For instance, if it smells somewhat like an acrid, metallic singe, there is a likelihood that some of the wiring with the unit has become frayed, and that the unit needs to be shut off and serviced ASAP. Additionally, if you smell rotten eggs or a sulfuric scent, and you know your system is gas-powered, then you are likely detecting a gas leak. Similarly, your unit needs to be shut off and serviced immediately, as either of the issues can cause massive damage, as well as major health issues.

Nascent Noises

Noticing new noises rumbling around within the ducts, or rattling from within the unit itself is a major cause for concern. Generally, it means one of two issues: either something foreign has entered the system and is banging around, potentially causing internal damage to the system, or something within the system has become dislodged and needs to be reattached, repaired, or replaced. In either case, it’s best to shut down the system before further damage can develop, potentially causing harm and requiring that the entire unit be replaced.

Should any of these tell-tale signs present themselves within your home, it’s a sure sign that your HVAC system should be inspected by a professional immediately. Reacting cautiously and in a timely fashion will not only save you money, but it will also likely save you time and your health in the long run. Even if you’re unsure if what is happening is actually a major issue, it’s always better to at least call for a second opinion rather than waiting until it’s too late. Should your HVAC system need emergency service, or if the question of whether an immediate repair is necessary crosses your mind, consider giving the professionals at Duane Blanton a call, 24/7, at (815) 781-2567, chat online with one of their support specialists, or schedule service through their online scheduling portal. Whichever route you choose, the experts at Duane Blanton will be able to get your HVAC system back in order and providing a comfortable atmosphere throughout your home.

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