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Uncommon HVAC Repairs You May Encounter This Summer

You might be familiar with the signs of common HVAC issues. But do you know about uncommon HVAC problems that don’t happen as frequently? It’s just as important to understand uncommon HVAC issues because they can affect your home too.

Sometimes air conditioner problems are obvious, but other times you just have a feeling that something is wrong, even if you can’t explain it. You can always give our team a call to check out your AC for potential issues. We handle HVAC repair in Galloway, NJ all the time, and we can even uncover the root cause of less common problems. Before you give us a call, keep reading to learn about the less common HVAC repairs that we see and what the signs of these issues may be. 

Rodent Damage

You might not think that little critters can get into your home very easily. Unfortunately, we do see rodent problems occasionally when it comes to HVAC repairs. It’s more common to see rodents inside your home during the winter since it’s colder and they want to stay warm. And with winter coming to a close, there’s a good chance that something has been hiding in or around your home and HVAC system. 

One problem with rodents when it comes to your HVAC system is that they can chew through components. They may be startled by noises and begin to chew as a way to get out of one space–like your ductwork–and into the open. I

f they chew through electrical components or other lines, you may see a decline in how well your HVAC system operates. Critters can also leave behind urine and feces that cause your HVAC system to smell bad over time, negatively impacting your indoor air quality.

Damage from Leaks

When you think about water leaks, your plumbing probably comes to mind first. But there are also water-related concerns when it comes to your HVAC system. If the condensate drain pipe inside gets clogged up, the water could back up and leak out, overflowing the drain pan. You may end up with water damage to the nearby floors and walls. If you don’t catch the leak early, you may find mold and mildew later on.

But plumbing issues can also impact your HVAC system. We’ve seen ductwork and insulation that gets damaged by roof leaks. You might change out the insulation if you’re aware of the problem, but ductwork is easily overlooked. As time goes on the moisture can lead to mold growth and even corrosion that leaves holes in your ductwork. 

Outdoor Unit

At the time of installation, your outdoor unit has to be perfectly level and high off the ground to pass inspection. But over time, the foundation for your outdoor HVAC unit can sink into the ground or tilt to one side. If this happens, it needs to be addressed–and fast. If your unit cannot drain correctly, then it may not cool your home as you expect. 

Your comfort is our business. Contact Contact Elliott-McElwee, Inc. today to schedule your appointment for AC repairs big and small.

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