Are you hearing an alarming bump in the night? Is there a cold spot in your home that gives you the chills? Do you hear hissing noises while you’re trying to enjoy a spooky movie, or squealing noises while you’re trying to fall asleep? It could be monsters, ghouls and ghosts — or you might just have an HVAC problem.
Have no fear, the professionals at Middleton are here! We’re going to explain why your house isn’t haunted like you may think, and how a few HVAC fixes can help.
What’s Making That Bump in the Night?
It’s not a ghoul in the hallway! The clanking or rattling noises you hear could be coming from your HVAC system. Loose parts, such as the blower motor fan or loose pipes could be behind the startling sounds. If you’re hearing strange noises while your heat or air is running, you should immediately turn your unit off and schedule a repair to prevent any further damage.
You could also have debris stuck in your outdoor unit, like a small tree branch or excessive fallen leaves. Regular maintenance of your unit is a great way to ensure all elements of your HVAC are clean, strong, and fully functioning, so you don’t have to worry about spooky noises or avoidable repairs.
What’s Causing the Cold Spot in My Home?
While popular horror films may have lead you to believe that cold spot you passed through is a ghost, it’s probably just a problem with your ductwork. It’s almost impossible to have even airflow in your home if there are cracks, holes or leaks in your air ducts. The living room may be a comfortable temperature, but the corner of your kitchen may be chilly.
Other causes of cold spots in your home include a unit that’s too big or too small for your house, or blocked air vents in certain areas. An experienced technician will be able to help you pinpoint the exact problem and solve it in no time.
What’s That Hissing Noise?
It may not be a monster in the basement, but it is still a cause for concern. If you hear a hissing noise coming from your HVAC unit, it typically indicates that refrigerant is leaking from it. Your air conditioner cannot properly cool your home if this is the problem, and your evaporator coil will probably be covered with ice. When your air conditioner is overworked, it can also lead to parts wearing down much sooner than they usually would.
It’s important to call a professional as soon as possible if you suspect a refrigerant leak. A professional can also pinpoint if your unit uses the best possible refrigerant for the environment.
What’s That Squealing Sound?
A squealing noise coming from your outdoor HVAC unit isn’t a restless spirit, but it often indicates that the bearings on your condenser fan’s motor are worn out. Your motor will probably need to be replaced, and one of our technicians can easily take care of it for you to resolve the noisy problem.
While many HVAC issues are common and can easily be fixed, it’s important to have a professional take a look as soon as you notice a problem. A trained professional will be able to recognize other signs of wear and tear that need to be addressed before they become expensive, larger issues.
If you’re ready to get rid of the leaking, bumping, or squealing once and for all, or if you want to get ahead and schedule routine maintenance before your HVAC causes a “haunting,” , give us a call at 1-800-404-0371! You can also visit us online for more information about the Middleton team.