So, you’ve made the investment and gotten your brand-new HVAC system installed. But how do you know whether it’s truly running perfectly? Though our experts are happy to help you solve any of your HVAC needs, here are some key things you can look out for independently, to ensure your new system is in top shape for the long-run.
Temperature (and Humidity) Check
One of the main reasons you may have gotten a new system is to improve your energy efficiency. But how do you know if this new HVAC is working properly? Monitoring temperature consistency and humidity fluctuations will be one of the best ways to find out.
First and foremost, use a thermometer not connected to your system to compare the temperature readout on your new thermostat with the current inside temperature of your home. If these two differ, it may mean your new thermostat could have difficulty sensing the temperature of your house. This is vital, because when the thermostat is unable to tell when it needs to turn on and off, even the newest and otherwise perfectly-running system will be challenged.
If the temperature readings are correct, but your new system is still struggling to keep up, make sure your thermostat is set to either heating or cooling (depending on what you desire), and the battery, if it has one, is fresh. Also check your circuit breaker, as the problem could simply be a tripped fuse. Otherwise, you may need an expert to help diagnose the issue.
Follow the Money
“This may seem like a no-brainer,” says home expert Bob Vila, “but unless your utility company has increased your gas or electric rates, or you’ve recently installed another energy-intensive appliance, monthly costs should be fairly consistent year to year.” Though you may experience a slight increase or decrease in costs with a new system, a big fluctuation could be a warning sign.
Make sure to monitor your billing history in the two months prior to and following your installation. “If charges have skyrocketed,” Vila advises, “that’s an obvious indicator that your HVAC system is wasting energy.” And unfortunately, if that’s the case, you may need assistance in diagnosing the problem.
Listen for Noises
Your new HVAC may come accompanied with some new noises, but some sounds are more normal than others. While rattling parts or loose screws aren’t always an immediate problem, any severe “screaming” sounds need to be looked at immediately by a professional. New “whistling” sounds may be caused by gaps between your ductwork and your new HVAC. If you’re comfortable, there are a few simple checks you can do to investigate these sounds, but analysis from a system expert can ensure nothing has been overlooked.
Whether you’re staying on top of a new system, or caretaking an older one, the experts at Mitchell Cooling and Heating are here to provide support. Call us at 770-995-7585 or connect with us online for appointments and advice.