Every homeowner should be able to recognize the signs that there’s trouble brewing within the systems of their home. There are some clear signs that you may need to address some problems in your home system, but some signs are a little more subtle. Here are the troubleshooting signs you should look for in your home to save money and ensure that everything is functioning at its optimum level.
According to Home Made Simple, only 42% of homeowners have routine maintenance on their HVAC systems. HVAC systems that do have regular professional maintenance can last up to 40% longer than systems that don’t. Routine maintenance can help you avoid unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs.
There are some troubleshooting signs that you should look for that indicate that your HVAC is acting up, according to Forbes. Those signs include higher than normal energy bills, short cycles (the compressor turns on and off frequently,) and uneven heat or cooling distribution. The same article also mentions airflow, which is inadequate. If your system is making unusual sounds, smells like it’s burning or there’s a lack of warm or cold air, these are all signs that your system needs attention.
If you are having electrical problems or lose power, according to The Spruce, your first step should be to check the circuit panel. Turn off the circuit breaker and leave the breakers off for about 20 seconds before you cut them back on.
In many cases, what seems to be a big problem in your home turns out to be actually a very easy fix. Circuits “trip” for many different reasons and will cut the power off to your home to protect your home from an electrical fire. Nine times out of ten, according to the ULL, the problem is running too many heat-producing items on the same circuit.
Your roof is one of the most important systems of your home. Recognizing some of the signs that you need roof repair is essential. If you notice that water is not flowing down the downspouts on your gutter, this is a sign that your gutter is clogged. Clearing away the debris will protect both your roof and your foundation from damaging water buildup.
If you find roof debris in your yard after a storm, this can be a sign that the storm has damaged your roof. Grab a ladder and take a look to see if you have any missing shingles, or call a roofing contractor to do the inspection for you.
Other signs that you should look for include water stains on the exterior of your home and, of course, any water staining on the ceiling in the attic. Addressing the problem as soon as possible can help you save money and reduce the risk of damage.
Water Heater Problems
Inspect your water heater visually once a month to ensure it’s not leaking. A leaky water heater is a real risk. Other signs that your water heater needs attention are if the water suddenly gets too hot, or if the water does not get hot enough. These signs can indicate that either the water heater or the internal thermostat needs to be replaced.
Taking care of your water heater is essential for home maintenance. Replacing an element or having the internal thermostat replaced is far less expensive than having the entire water heater replaced. Of course, if your water heater starts to leak, you will need to replace it to protect your home from serious water damage.
Recognize the Signs That You Have Pest Problems
Pests are not only an annoyance; they can also cause serious damage to your home. Rodents and other pests will make your home their home if allowed. If you notice droppings, a funny smell, or visually see pests around your home, that’s your sign that you have a pest problem. Call an exterminator to get rid of the pests and keep them out.
Being a homeowner is wonderful, but it comes with a great deal of responsibility. Learn the signs that you need to know to troubleshoot the most common problems you may come across in your home.