Understanding the Sounds in Your HVAC System

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Understanding the Sounds in Your HVAC System

July 25, 2019
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Hearing some noise when your HVAC system operates is normal. But certain sounds can be concerning. Keep an ear out for some of these warning sounds that could indicate a problem with the HVAC system in your Longview, Texas, home.

Rattling

Is the rattling noise coming from the outdoor unit? You may have a branch or another piece of yard debris stuck in the motor or fan. Unusual rattling sounds can also indicate that something has come loose in the system, such as the motor bearings or motor mount.

A component within the unit may have also slipped out of place, which could become further damaged if you continue to run it. An HVAC service technician can open the housing to determine what’s causing the sound. You shouldn’t try to do this yourself.

Hissing

If you don’t have a cat, hearing a hissing sound is definitely concerning. This noise indicates that air is escaping the system, which can wreak havoc on its efficiency and lead to issues with indoor comfort and high energy bills. Oftentimes air escapes through a gap or leak in the ducts. You could have a problem elsewhere in the system, though. Therefore, you should get it checked out by a professional right away.

Buzzing

A buzzing sound could happen if the blades of the fan are unbalanced or a coil needs cleaning. It’s dangerous for a homeowner to try to take apart their HVAC system. You should always leave this task to a trained service technician.

Squealing

A squealing sound usually indicates a damaged fan or blower motor. This problem will usually require you to replace the motor. Although in some cases, we may be able to repair the damage. Leaving this issue unchecked can cause more significant damage and impact your system’s efficiency. As a result, you’ll end up paying higher energy and repair costs.

At JD’s A/C, our experienced service technicians can diagnose and repair all types of sounds coming from your HVAC system. Contact us at (903) 759-7483 for immediate assistance.

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Why are My Cooling Bills So High?

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Why are My Cooling Bills So High?

July 20, 2019
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High summertime temperatures in Liberty City, Texas, can cost you a lot of money. That’s especially true if you’re running your air conditioner all the time throughout the cooling season. Here are three possible reasons you have high cooling bills and how to resolve the issues:

Dirty Air Filter

A dirty air filter can cause a lot of problems within your HVAC system. Not only can it impact the quality of the air you breathe. It can also drop the efficiency level. As a result, the system has to work harder to produce cool air.

You may notice an influx of dust or other debris in the air or on your home’s surfaces, or you could experience unpleasant health symptoms, such as coughing, congestion and eye irritation. A sudden spike in energy bills can also mean you’re not changing the filter often enough.

Most HVAC equipment manufacturers recommend changing the filter every 90 days. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies, you may want to upgrade to a filter with a higher MERV rating that can remove smaller particles for cleaner indoor air. Also, remember to change it every month.

Poorly Maintained HVAC System

Failing to maintain your HVAC system can also lead to an increase in monthly bills. Every system needs a tune-up at least once a year. One of our experienced service technicians can take a closer look and test the airflow of your unit. If you don’t keep up with this maintenance, you could end up having to replace your HVAC system sooner. As a result, you’ll waste money that you could have invested in preventive maintenance.

Stagnant Air

If the air in your home becomes stale and stagnant due to poor ventilation, you may end up running your HVAC system for longer periods of time. You can save money by using fans to move the air and maintain a more comfortable atmosphere. As a result, you’ll lower your cooling bills.

At JD’s A/C, our service technicians can provide regular maintenance and diagnose other issues with your HVAC system that are causing higher cooling bills. Call us at (903) 759-7483 for fast and friendly help.

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