How to Know When Your HVAC Needs RepairIf your home in Berks County is heated with an HVAC unit, you already know how important it is to keep it running smoothly. When something goes wrong, you should also know when you can handle a repair or when you should call in an expert. You should also be able to detect when something is about to go wrong with your HVAC. Here's a few things to look for to decide when it's time to call for help.

Does It Make Noise?

Modern HVAC units should be almost silent. If you hear any odd noises such as whistling, rattling, squealing, or knocking while it's running, there is probably an issue. Sure, you may be able to fix small issues by yourself. But to be on the safe side, you should call an expert. They know what to look for, and how to safely open up your unit, as there are electrical parts that could harm you if not handled properly.

What's That Smell?

Another sign that there could be an issue is if it smells. A unit that's functioning correctly will not emit any odors. The issue may simply be a filter that needs replaced. You can replace the filter and see if the odor goes away. If it does, problem solved. If not, there could be larger issues to deal with. An HVAC expert can do a thorough cleaning of your HVAC and find any problems such as mold or a damaged air duct.

Not Going With the Flow

If the air coming in from your HVAC is not flowing properly, you could be dealing with clogs or blockages. This is also an issue that will need a Berks County HVAC professional to look at your system. They already know how to find airflow issues. Your HVAC system is more complex than you may realize, so it's best to leave airflow issues to experienced professionals.

Are Your Energy Bills Rising?

If your energy bills are rising even though the temperature outside is remaining the same, this could indicate the need for an expert to diagnose your unit to see if it's using more energy and needs repair.  Sometimes an HVAC unit will have a problem that can't be heard or smelled.

Finding the Right HVAC Repair Company in Berks County

Finding a good HVAC repair company will take a little research.  Not all HVAC companies are the same, so you should consult more than one source during your search. Check their credentials to make sure the company is keeping up to date with their training. Also, ask around and check online reviews. Then when you find a company that looks good, ask for an estimate. Try to get estimates from more than one HVAC repair company so that you can see if any of them are trying to price gouge you.

If you follow these tips, you can keep your HVAC running smoothly and stay warm during these cold winter days in Berks County.

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