Your HVAC system works hard to keep your home comfortable. Is it working too hard? An overtaxed HVAC system will use more energy, wear out more quickly, and ultimately cause significant hassle. Here are a few signs that you may have an overtaxed HVAC unit.
- Frequent breakdowns. If your system needs repairs often, it’s definitely working too hard and getting worn out. If you don’t get to the root cause of the overwork, eventually, the whole unit will give out and need replacement.
- Worn thermostat buttons. You shouldn’t be changing your thermostat settings often. Once you find one that’s comfortable, let the system do its job. Some people don’t do this. Instead, if the house is really cold or really hot, they’ll knock the thermostat up or down a few degrees to “kick-start” the process. Not only does this overwork your unit, it doesn’t actually heat or cool your home any faster. If your thermostat buttons are worn from overuse, reconsider how you use your unit.
- Low airflow. If only a trickle of air comes from your vents instead of a healthy gust, then your HVAC unit is likely working harder to compensate. In trying to get your home to your set temperature, it’s running longer and using more energy. Try replacing the air filter and checking for ductwork leaks.
- Uncomfortable temperatures. No matter how long the unit runs, your house never seems to reach your target temperature. As a result, it’s running much longer than it should and becoming overtaxed.
- Disparate temperatures. Some rooms are warm, while others are cold. This may indicate a problem with your system, or it may be because different areas of your house have different heating and cooling needs. In the former case, hot and cold spots may even exist across the same room, coupled with uncomfortable clamminess and humidity. In the latter case, consider a zoning system to reduce stress on your system and ensure every room gets the air it needs.
For help relieving the stress on your overtaxed HVAC, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We keep your Indianapolis unit, including overtaxed HVAC systems, running smoothly and efficiently.