Homeowners call and work with HVAC services all the time, and there is a chance that you have worked with an HVAC service a time or two yourself. It is still very possible to make a mistake when working with an HVAC service, however. If you're wondering about the types of mistakes that you can but should not make when hiring an HVAC service, take a look at the advice below.
An air conditioner is designed to cool your house, but it is not to designed to cool your house until it freezes up. If you notice that the outside of your unit or the interior coils have frost or ice built up on them, then you are dealing with a freezing issue. As a homeowner, it is a good idea to not only check for this issue regularly but to also understand what causes this particular problem and how to remedy the situation.
If running your HVAC makes your utility bill skyrocket, the problem might be inadequate insulation in your house. Even if your attic has insulation, you might still be losing heat through the walls. Improved wall insulation can keep you more comfortable all seasons of the year. Here are some things to consider.
You May Want an Energy Audit
Your electricity provider might provide an energy audit as a free service. If not, you may want to hire a company that does audits so you can tell where your home is losing heat.
Regardless of the temperature, it's entirely possible for your heat pump to develop a thick layer of ice all around the unit. While a little bit of ice buildup on the sides is completely normal — most heat pumps have a defrost mode to remedy this problem — if you see a thick layer of ice on the top of your heat pump or if it's completely encased in ice, then you have a problem.
After a hailstorm strikes, the first thing you may do is run outside to check your car, roof, or siding. Hail can cause a lot of damage to your property, especially if the hail is very large. Don't forget to check your air conditioner condenser too. Depending on the size of the hail, a condenser can suffer extensive damage that needs prompt repairs. Here's how hail can damage your AC condenser and the repairs you might need to have done.