Choosing to install a new HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) system in your Springfield VA home is only the first step in keeping the space comfortable. Along the way, it is necessary to make sure the system gets the maintenance and upkeep needed to ensure that the unit is working at full efficiency. Along with maintaining the unit itself, you also want to pay attention to the ductwork and how well it is distributing the forced air throughout the home. At Commonwealth Cooling & Heating, we help our customers to be on the lookout for problems associated with heating and cooling systems, and offer practical solutions when an issue does arise.
Dust is on the Rise
One of the signs that something is not quite right with your system is an increase in the amount of dust found in the home. Assuming that you have not changed your housekeeping routine, the culprit could be some component of the system. When filters are not changed on a regular basis, they eventually lose the ability to cleanse the air as it moves through the returns and the ducts connected with the air vents. A problem of this type is easy to repair. All you have to do is get into the habit of changing the filters according to a reasonable schedule.
If you are changing the filters and the dust level is continuing to rise, the problem could be with the ductwork. Loose seams can allow the system to suck additional airborne contaminants into the ducts and then distribute them throughout the rooms. This means all that dust from the attic may be seeping into the ducts and eventually ending up on the dining room table, your floors and every other surface within your living space. In addition, those loose seams are also placing additional stress on the unit. Problems associated with heating and cooling systems like this should be addressed as soon as possible.
System is not Cycling On and Off Properly
Another example of common problems associated with heating and cooling in Springfield VA has to do with the system cycling on and off efficiently. When the unit is working properly, the system will activate when the temperature in your home is not equal to the setting on the thermostat. When the right temperature is achieved, the unit automatically cycles off. This type of efficient function helps to reduce energy consumption and keep your utility bills within reason.
If you notice the unit is taking longer to cycle on or off, that's a sign that something is not working properly. Calling us for assistance will provide the opportunity to find out why the unit is failing to turn on and off as it should and fix the problem before more damage is done.
Other problems associated with heating and cooling can appear over time. These include an increase in humidity in the home or the development of some annoying noises that continue while the system is actively running. As your system ages, the chance for these and other problems will increase. Rather than ignoring the problems, call us for help. We can isolate the origin of the issue, make the necessary repairs, and help you get more years of active use from your heating and cooling unit.