Your HVAC system is designed to make your home comfortable and livable, but sometimes things go wrong…horribly wrong. Aging, lack of maintenance, poor installations, and pure bad luck contribute to potentially dangerous malfunctions that should be fixed immediately. If you see any of these signs, please take the appropriate action!
Here are 5 danger signs you should not ignore:
The Sign: Rotten Egg Smell
Statistic: Natural gas explosions do happen in homes and are the cause of over a dozen deaths each year. These leaks are not a sign to ignore.
The Sign: Electrical Smell
Statistic: There were about 16 deaths due to air conditioning electrical fires in homes in 2011. Be sure to keep yours properly maintained!
The Sign: Moldy/Musty Smell
Statistic: Living with untreated mold in your home increases your odds of developing a respiratory infection by 30-40%
The Sign: Burning Smell
Statistic: 100% of furnaces emit the burning smell within the first 24 hours, as oil was applied to make sure the initial startup is smooth. However, if the smell continues for more than 24 hours, or comes back again at a later point, then contact a professional.
The Sign: Puddles
Statistic: Energy.gov lists refrigerant leaks as one of the most common problems among AC units. It’s commonly found in the top 5 for lists of the most common AC repairs.
Keep your eyes, ears, and nose about you and don’t ignore any of these signs. If you do notice any of them, then be sure to have them repaired as soon as possible.
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