Simple Signs It's Time to Check Your HVAC

by The Bitt And Beliveau Team 02/09/2020

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Your HVAC system keeps everything cool and comfortable, but only if it is working properly. You don't have to have any repair or DIY skills to determine if your air conditioner is struggling, just look for one or more of the signs below. Finding problems now, at the first sign of trouble, can prevent costly repairs later -- and keep you more comfortable at home, too. Be on the lookout for sounds, odors and even unusually large energy bills, and you'll be able to determine just how healthy your HVAC system is.

Unusual or loud noises: If your air conditioner suddenly sounds louder than normal or seems to be working very hard, it's time to have it seen. Loud noises, including rattling, grinding and squealing are all signs that your system is not working efficiently and that it should be seen.

Soaring energy bills: If your energy bill spikes or even has a steady, ongoing increase, it could be a sign that your air conditioner is working too hard to comfort your home. Some increase in energy use is normal during the summer months, since you'll be using the system more, but a bill that seems shocking should prompt you to investigate your HVAC system and see if it's to blame.

Mildew or musty odor: If your home smells even slightly of mildew, then your air conditioning system should be seen. Mold and mildew can circulate through your home, powered by the air conditioner; this will impact your home's scent and your indoor air quality, too. Masking the odor with scents is not enough, you should have your system inspected to make sure it is safe to use.

You're too hot: If the air conditioner is constantly running, but you are still too warm, you should have it checked out. In this case, you're paying for the electricity to power the HVAC, but not getting any benefit from it. In many cases, a simple repair is all that is needed to correct this problem, so you can get comfortable again in record time.

Your system is older than you are: Older homes have legacy heating and cooling systems that could have been installed when the home was built. They may still operate, but they are likely not as efficient as a modern system. If your system is aging, it simply won't be as comfortable as a newer model and is likely to need repairs in the future. Look for the ENERGY STAR label; if your system has it, you have a more modern, efficient air conditioner. If it doesn't, you're likely spending too much each month, and risking a costly repair.

Any of these signs should trigger an inspection for your system. In most cases, you'll find that a tuneup is an affordable way to ensure your HVAC is running well and that your home is in great shape. Keeping up with maintenance on your HVAC ensures your home stays comfortable and that you are ready to entertain guests at a moment's notice.

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Bob is known for giving clients his undivided attention. He takes the time to listen, educate, and advise while meeting individual needs for both sellers and buyers. He understands how busy we all are and makes every effort to maximize your time.

Bob had been with the Century 21 system for over 30 years and is a member of the Century 21 Master’s Hall of fame, a Centurion producer since 1992 and award winner of the coveted President’s Award.

In July 2019 Bob joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate, a name revered worldwide and has stood for strength, integrity, and trust. At the same time Bob teamed up with his mentee Leanne Beliveau to form the Bitt and Beliveau Real Estate Team. Bob is passing on his vast knowledge and skills and Leanne now joins him in working in your best interest. Together we have a complimentary skill set that is unparalleled. You will be impressed with our level of service and professionalism.

Bob has served as President of his local Real Estate council of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, coached both Arlington Little League and Arlington Youth Hockey, and is a member of the Touchdown Club of Arlington. He enjoys golf, the Bruins, cross fit, and obstacle racing.

As a former competitive gymnast Leanne spent ten years as a judging official for USA Gymnastics. She obtained her BS in psychology from Endicott College, as well as an MA in psychology from Brandeis University. Enthusiasm, knowledge, and transparency are her aim when working with clients. She prides herself on being attentive to her client’s needs and wants, her exceptional communication skills, and the desire to get the job done in a proficient, prompt, and professional manner. She particularly enjoys helping home buyers find the right homes for them and guiding them through the buying process.

In her spare time Leanne enjoys spending time with her three-year-old daughter Bellamy, reading, the Bruins, and stand-up comedy.

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