Are the HVAC problems you’re noticing serious matters that require professional service, ASAP? Maybe … maybe not. Some apparent heating and cooling issues may be just normal functions or simple matters you can handle yourself. If there’s serious doubt, rest assured that qualified quick service is only one phone call away. Before you jump to any conclusions, however, here are a few examples of HVAC problems that may be—or may not be—something to worry about.

Air Conditioner Doesn’t Turn On

Don’t assume there’s a problem just yet. As any experienced HVAC service tech can tell you, very often there’s a simple explanation, such as somebody inadvertently turned the thermostat switch from “Cool” to “Off” or moved the temperature setting unusually high. First, eliminate those possibilities. If the unit still won’t cycle on, call for professional help.

Water Around The A/C

Condensation forming on or around coils of an air conditioner isn’t a big deal as long as it’s not a big amount. However, if you notice continuous dripping, or pooling water around the indoor air handler of a central A/C, the issue may be a clogged condensate drain system which could cause expensive water damage. Schedule a service call.

Unfamiliar Noises

When functioning properly, the low-key whooshing sound of the central A/C outside shouldn’t disturb you or annoy the neighbors. Loud, conspicuous humming or clicking noises, however, may indicate failure of electrical components like the run/start capacitor or the system compressor—issues that require a professional diagnosis. Call your HVAC contractor now.

Noticeable Odors

A slight smell like paper burning the first time your furnace cycles on at the start of the winter season is often simply accumulated dust on the burners. If the odor doesn’t go away quickly, however, shut down the furnace and call for professional help. A persistent swampy, mildew-like odor emitting from an air conditioner may be mold or algae growth inside the coil or condensate drain pan. In that case, you’ll need a qualified HVAC technician to clean and disinfect the coil and pan. If this occurs, ask your HVAC contractor how to avoid this from happening in the future.

For qualified professional help to resolve HVAC problems, contact Jackson & Sons.

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