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You might not be able to detect some problems developing in your HVAC system. If these are not addressed, they could get worse. You should have the heating and air conditioning equipment in your Fort Worth, Texas, home inspected by a professional at least once per year. That way, you can catch any problems before they cause a breakdown at the worst time or result in expensive, inconvenient repairs. Regular maintenance also increases your system’s lifespan. Some of the most costly HVAC repairs result from mold, a broken fan, a faulty compressor or coils, and refrigerant leaks or other problems.

Problems from Poor IAQ

Mold can grow almost anywhere, including inside your ductwork. Many people notice a stale or dusty smell when starting their heater for the first time in winter. If the smell doesn’t go away, you could have mold in your air filter, your ductwork, or another part of your home. Water damage near your roof, your walls, or your insulation often leads to mold growth. Mold also has mycotoxins that can aggravate allergies and asthma. Your ducts could have pest droppings, dust, dirt, and cobwebs, as well. Dirty ductwork forces your system to work harder and lowers your indoor air quality.

Have your ducts sealed to fix leaks, keep out contaminants, and save energy. You should also remove an air register once per year to check your ductwork for mold and other pollutants. If you ever smell gas or something burning, if possible, turn off your HVAC system, leave your home, and call the fire department.

A Faulty Compressor or Coils

The compressor on your air conditioner or heat pump turns vaporized refrigerant back into a fluid and pushes it into the coils. Replacing the compressor or the coils on your air conditioner or heat pump can cost more than $1,000. If you have to replace both parts at the same time, you’ll probably need to spend several thousand dollars, and getting a new, more efficient HVAC system could be less expensive over time. Contact one of our technicians if the air from your heat pump or air conditioner isn’t warm or cool enough, as you could have a problem with your compressor.

A Broken Fan

Your heater and your air conditioner both have fans that move warm or cold air. If your fan motor is broken, it might make loud whirring sounds or other unusual noises. Too much debris, such as grass clippings, leaves, or twigs, on your outdoor HVAC unit can make a breakdown more likely. Call a technician if you don’t have time to clean debris off your outdoor unit or if your HVAC system is making strange noises. You should also check your air filter once per month and change it at least every three months for the best airflow.

Refrigerant Problems

The refrigerant in the coils facilitates the movement of heat from your home in the summer and into your home via a heat pump in the winter. These coils cool and dehumidify the air inside your home in summer and warm it in winter. If your system has a refrigerant leak, a professional will need to repair the leak and recharge your refrigerant to keep your home comfortable. Refrigerant leaks also put more stress on your air conditioner or heat pump’s condenser and coils.

Many older systems use a refrigerant called R-22, which will no longer be manufactured after 2020 because it can harm the ozone layer. Most new systems use R-410A instead, a more environmentally friendly refrigerant. If you have a refrigerant leak in an older heat pump or air conditioner, replacing your system with a newer, more efficient model is usually more economical than repairing the leak with R-22.

Airwise Heating & Air has more than 25 years of HVAC experience. We’re a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, and we can provide emergency repairs 24 hours per day and 365 days per year. We will install, maintain, and repair a variety of HVAC equipment. Our services and products help you to save energy and improve your indoor air quality. Call us at (817) 444-0090 for expert service from our experienced technicians.

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