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3 HVAC Safety Tips to Be Aware Of

There are some HVAC safety tips that every homeowner should know. After all, every home has some type of air conditioning and heating system, whether it is a central unit or one that is portable. And when it comes to operating any of these systems, safety always comes first. 

When you need to know more about HVAC safety tips in Aztec, NM, our team is here to help. We’re highlighting our top three tips below, but you can also give us a call anytime with your questions. In the meantime, keep reading to learn the top three safety tips that you need to know when it comes to HVAC systems in your home.

Annual Maintenance

Our very first safety tip is a recommendation that you get annual maintenance every single year for your HVAC system. The best way to stay ahead of problems that can pose safety hazards to your home is to have your system looked at by an expert. Oftentimes, problems start out small and quiet. 

You don’t even know something is wrong until it is really wrong. But when our technicians take a look inside of your system during a service appointment, they can identify problems with expert eyes that would otherwise go unnoticed. Staying ahead of HVAC repairs is the best way to prioritize safety in your home.

Pay Attention to Sounds and Smells

But in between the service appointments, it is also important for you to pay attention to how your HVAC system is operating. If you begin to notice any unusual smells or sounds coming from your air conditioner, that is a red flag that something is wrong. Your air conditioner should absolutely never produce any odors. 

A burning smell can mean that something inside the unit is malfunctioning. Musty odors can mean that mold or mildew has begun to grow and spread inside of the system. And when it comes to sounds, anything out of the ordinary should be a red flag. You may want to first consider the sounds that are part of normal operation. Hearing clicking is completely normal when your unit turns on and off for a cooling cycle.

But if you hear, persistent clicking that continues all the way through a cooling cycle, that can mean your compressor motor is struggling to work. And any sounds that are loud or alarming always indicate a problem. Usually, parts are either losing lubrication and grinding against one another instead of operating smoothly or something is loose and banging around. No matter what the reason for the sound, you definitely want to get it checked out by an expert technician.

Avoid DIY Repairs

When you do notice that something is wrong with your air conditioner, you may be tempted to do a quick search online and troubleshoot the problem yourself. There are likely some tutorial videos online that can walk you through the steps for how to fix a problem inside of your air conditioner. We highly recommend that you have an expert team handle all of your air conditioning needs. 

Not only is it dangerous to attempt air conditioning repairs yourself, it may also be against the law. Handling anything to do with refrigerant or electrical wires requires proper certifications for safety reasons. If you attempt repairs on your own, you may be putting your home and family in danger in addition to avoiding your manufacturer’s warranty.

Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give the Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning team a call to schedule your appointment for AC service and let us do it right the first time!

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