The heat in Lufkin, Texas, can put a strain on any HVAC system. If it's receiving proper maintenance, your HVAC equipment should last you a decade, but even the best equipment eventually wears out. Here are four common signs that your HVAC system isn't running well anymore and needs to be replaced.
1. Inefficient Cooling from Your HVAC System
If you feel like you're running the AC on high and paying too much on your electricity bill, yet still getting spotty cooling or feeling humid, there's probably something seriously wrong with your HVAC equipment. A slight increase in energy usage or a small decrease in cooling can indicate a fixable problem, but if it's a struggle to get your home's temperature under control, it's probably time for a new system.
2. Burning Smells
If you smell something burning when you turn on your AC, that's a dangerous sign. It means the insulation has come off of the wires. This problem needs to be addressed immediately because it poses a potential hazard. It may also mean that other parts of your HVAC system have been compromised. It is possible to replace burnt out wires, but just the fact that it's happening indicates your system is wearing out.
3. Grinding or Squealing Sounds
If your HVAC system makes funny sounds even after it's had maintenance, that means it's most likely too old for an adequate repair. Some sounds are fixable, but the system shouldn't need constant repairs to run quietly.
4. Lots of Maintenance
You shouldn't need to call someone between scheduled maintenance visits except very rarely. If you're constantly calling the technician for another repair, your HVAC system is worn out. In that case, you'd save more money in the long run if you got a new system instead of paying to keep fixing yours.
Find out if your system still has a few years left in it or if it needs to be replaced soon. Call McWilliams and Son Heating and Air Conditioning at (888) 905-7655 to schedule your HVAC maintenance visit today.
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