What to do if Your AC Unit is Blowing Stinky Air

You're minding your own business and looking forward to enjoying the comfort of air conditioning in your home, only to be dismayed because the AC unit is now blowing stinky air. You've already ruled out that the source of the odor isn't external (and hopefully temporary), such as some local pollution. It's hard to enjoy yourself when the air is unpleasant indoors and you would be right to worry that there is something wrong with the system. Here is what to do if your AC unit is giving off malodorous air:

Have the Unit/Vents/Ducts Cleaned

If it's been several years since you've had a professional come to your home to clean the AC unit, let alone the vents or ducts, now is the time to call for service. Homeowners sometimes forget to arrange for annual service calls, so if you find yourself so busy that appointments like these fall through the cracks, it would be a good idea to set up a yearly maintenance program with your AC technician. Not only will you take care of the immediate problem with the system giving off a bad odor, the technician will make it run more efficiently. A cleaner HVAC system doesn't have to work so hard to deliver the same level of comfort, which cuts down on wear and tear as well as lowering your monthly utility bill.

Check for Animals/Animal Waste in Ducts

Ruling out a dirty unit, there is a distinct possibility that animals have gotten into the ducts. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners should have their ducts cleaned if they are infested with vermin, such as insects or rodents. However, having the ducts inspected and thoroughly cleaned of animal waste is only part of the solution. The EPA reminds homeowners to address the underlying issue, such as by calling in an animal control expert. Otherwise, the problem could return and you'll have to call in HVAC Nampa company specialists to clean the ducts once again from a new infestation.

Check for Leaks/Clogs

It's of paramount importance to have an HVAC professional inspect your system for leaks or clogs. Any compromise in the air delivery system can quickly grow worse if you fail to attend to it. The technician will locate the source of unpleasant smelling air while tracking down an obstruction clogging the ducting or patching a section that is currently leaking. Again, tightening up your AC system by eliminating leaks will ensure it runs more efficiently, so you will not waste money or enlarge your carbon footprint.

You and your family should be able to turn on the air conditioning system without worrying about it smelling bad or running less efficiently because of dirty equipment and ducts, let alone clogs or leaks. Our team has a great deal of experience sorting out issues with HVAC systems, from keeping them clean to ensuring that they remain free of any obstructions or leaks. If you need your AC system inspected and cleaned in the area, do not delay! Contact us today for an appointment and we'll be on our way.

Western Hvac
11 13th Ave S Nampa,
ID 83651

Top signs that it is time for a new AC unit

Living in warm regions such as the greater Jacksonville, Florida area requires air conditioning if you hope to have a happy household. Indeed, we often become so accustomed to the benefits of nice cool air in our homes at the touch of a button, it's easy to take the AC equipment for granted. That is, until problems start to develop. Professional HVAC technicians can keep AC units going with repairs, maintenance and cleaning, along with component replacements as needed. Eventually, though, it becomes time for the homeowner to replace it with a new AC unit. Since manufacturers continue to innovate and improve their lines of HVAC equipment, homeowners should keep in mind that buying a new and more energy-efficient system can save them money in the form of possible rebates and tax breaks as well as lowered utility bills.

With that in mind, here are the top signs that it is time for a new AC unit:

Unusual Noises

All HVAC systems make some sounds from time to time and you and your family soon become accustomed to them. If your system begins to make some unusual noises that you haven't heard before, it's best to have a professional come to evaluate the situation.

Skyrocketing Power Bills

When examining your recent utility bills, if you see that they are rising but you cannot account for the additional usage, the problem may very well be a malfunctioning AC unit.

It will run much longer than usual if it isn't working efficiently. Not only will you pay more for power, you could see the AC system failing prematurely because it is overworked.

Rooms No Longer Cold

When the system is running properly, all areas of your home should be comfortable. When you notice that some rooms fail to cool down like they used to, no matter how low you set the thermostat, it's a good sign that the equipment may be due for replacement.

Too Many Repairs

When you find yourself calling for multiple repairs on your AC equipment, the return visits from HVAC technicians may wind up costing you more in the long run than if you just bought a new and more efficient replacement unit today.

Uncertainty About AC Unit's Age and Maintenance History

If you bought a house and the owner installed the AC unit, you may not get the paperwork on when it was purchased or if there are any maintenance, cleaning and repair history for you to examine.

If the system is a decade or more old, replacing it with a new and more energy efficient unit will save you money on utility bills and give you the pleasure of doing your bit to preserve the environment. You don't want to be caught at home during the peak of summer with a malfunctioning or broken air conditioning unit. If your AC equipment is showing signs of distress that indicate replacement is necessary, don't put off the inevitable. As summer approaches, you can expect it will be harder to make an HVAC installation appointment because so many people will be calling for repairs at the same time.

Homeowners should know that the well trained experts keep on top of developments in AC technology so we can recommend the best choice for you and your family. For details on how to know when you need a new AC unit installed or to set up an appointment for a free consultation, please feel free to contact  us today.

Western Hvac
11 13th Ave S Nampa,
ID 83651

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