Is it breaking down?

Is it breaking down?

HVAC warning signs that homeowners should watch for

When it comes to your HVAC, there are signs you shouldn’t ignore if it’s having trouble. Preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure that your furnace is working as efficiently as possible, but life gets busy and it’s easy to overlook. We get it.

Avoid a system that suddenly stops working when you need it the most. Get familiar with the early warning signs of an HVAC problem. If your heating system is showing any of the following warning signs, call to schedule a diagnostic inspection. We can help you address the problem before it becomes a serious, and costly, issue.

7 ways your HVAC will tell you it’s in trouble

Advanced age

Some things get better with age. Your HVAC unit isn’t one of them.

The average lifespan is 10 to 15 years. If your system is close to that age or has surpassed it, you may want to consider replacing your system with a new one. Installed correctly, a high-efficiency unit can save you up to 20 percent on your monthly heating and cooling costs.

Boosted bills

One of the first signs that your HVAC is in trouble is a rising energy bill. When your daily routine doesn’t change, but the energy bill increases, the HVAC unit is often the culprit.

Increased repairs

Constant repairs and repeated short-term fixes are a sure sign of early system failure.

Don’t get caught in the cold this winter! Schedule your HVAC unit an appointment with one of our experienced technicians. We can address the issues and help you get a better understanding of the overall health of your system.

Noisy operation

A healthy and well-maintained heating and cooling system typically runs without much noise. If you start to hear banging, clanging, whistling, rattling, squealing, or squeaking sounds, it could mean that your unit is in need of maintenance or repair.

While a noisy operation doesn’t always mean that something is wrong, you should get any new or excessively loud sounds checked out as soon as possible.

Something smells

Strange smells coming from your HVAC unit means that something isn’t quite right. If you smell mildew, dirty socks, burning, rotten eggs, or a chemical odor, call an experienced HVAC technician to help diagnose and address the source.

The smell of rotten eggs almost always indicates an issue with the gas supply. It’s important to ventilate your home, call your gas company, and follow their instructions.

Terrible temperature

Your HVAC system should be keeping your home warm in the winter. If you’re starting to feel unusually uncomfortable, your system might need some TLC. Check the furnace filter to see if it needs to be changed, and schedule some maintenance.

Water leaks

Your HVAC system has various pipes and coils that function at different temperatures. While some condensation is to be expected, excessive water leakage is a telltale sign of trouble.

If you see water leakage or evidence of mold, call in a professionally trained HVAC technician—like us—to identify and repair the problem.


If you have any questions about your HVAC unit, or need to book maintenance and repair give us a call at 250.465.2490.

You can also contact us online.

We are happy to help you have the best in home comfort—always.

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