Are you worried about an issue with your home heating, cooling, or plumbing?

Often we listen for signs of a problem. But how do we know if something goes wrong if it remains silent?

Keep reading to learn about five silent signs that alert you to a problem with your HVAC or plumbing system.

1. Something Stinks

If you smell something funky in the air, it can alert you to a serious and potentially dangerous problem. What it smells like can clue you in on the system that needs repair. 

A sweet, chemical scent can alert you to a freon leak from your home cooling system. Unfortunately, this can make you and your family sick, so call a professional HVAC service right away.

Your heating system may smell funny when it first turns on as it burns off dust buildup. This smell should dissipate quickly. Any continuous burning or electrical smell requires a look at your HVAC system as it could pose a fire hazard.

Do you smell sewage? The trap in your sewage line should prevent sewer gas from backing up through the sink, shower, or toilet.

If it does not, it could signal a serious need for emergency plumbing service. Sewer gas contains methane, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and other toxic gases, so do not sit on this issue.

2. High Bills

Pay attention to your monthly water and energy bills. The following can cause your costs to rise:

  • An extremely cold winter
  • An unusually hot summer
  • Filling a pool
  • Installing a sprinkler system that runs often

But, an unexpected rise in these costs can alert you to an issue. Old or broken HVAC systems will work overtime and therefore use more energy. High water bills can mean a leak, broken valve, or an issue with your humidifier.

3. Low or No Water Flow

Your water should flow smoothly all year round. If you notice it slows or stops in the winter, it can signal frozen pipes.

Though winters in Longview are short, they can get cold. Water expands as it freezes, which is not good for your plumbing system. In addition, it can cause your pipes to burst and requires immediate home maintenance.

4. Smoke

If you run any portion of your HVAC system and notice smoke, turn it off. It could mean that the fan needs cleaning, the system needs lubrication, or that your electrical wires are burning. Either way, this can start a fire and requires immediate assistance.

5. Paint Problems

Do not overlook bubbling paint or spots on your ceilings or walls. Moisture will mess with your paint job and create dangerous mold growth.

This could mean leaky pipes. It could also indicate a humidity problem with your cooling system. 

Water damage can get expensive and create a health risk. So do not let it go.

Do You Need Plumbing or HVAC Service?

When a problem arises with your heating, cooling, or plumbing system, it can present itself in several ways. Unfortunately, silence is deadly in some cases, so get these problems fixed promptly.

Whether your system requires fixing or you need a new one, we can help! Schedule your appointment today!