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Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

If something is failing or going amiss with your HVAC unit, chances are, your HVAC unit is letting you know something is not quite right. However, most of the cues come in the form of sounds that many of us may overlook. If you hear your HVAC unit grinding, squealing, screeching or squeaking, it is letting you know it needs help. I was unaware of these cues and overlooked them. It ended up costing me a lot of money in repairs. I want to make sure that does not happen to other people, so I made this website. I hope you learn how to interpret the noises your HVAC unit is making so you can get it the repairs it needs before you incur a costly repair, or worse, permanently ruin your unit for good.

Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

Home Hacks: Six Times You Should Just Hire A Professional

by Billie Carlson

With information on the internet readily available, many people have started doing more around their home. However, there are times when you should still hire a professional. Here are six of those times:

1. Vent cleaning. This is definitely not something you want to tackle yourself. It is dirty, time consuming, and often hazardous. Once your vents have been cleaned the first time, you can often go years before getting them cleaned again (provided they were not infested with vermin feces or mold). Ask your vent cleaning company what they found in your vents and how dirty they were so you can determine when it needs to be done again. 

2. Carpet cleaning. While you can definitely do some spot cleaning on your own, get your carpets cleaned professionally at least once a year. If you have children, pets, or light colored carpet you will need to do it more often. Professionals can deep clean your carpets, which will help them last longer and look better. 

3. Electrical work. Electricity causes more than 30,000 non-fatal accidents a year. While a small project may seem easy, you should hire a professional to do it. You don't want injure yourself or damage your wiring. 

4. Plumbing. There are a few things that are easy to fix on your own (like clogged toilets or slow drains), but for anything larger than that you should have a plumber come in. Watching a video online is not the same as having a professional take care of your problems. They can tell you whether or not you can fix the problem if it pops up again, too, and how to do it. Leaks can be really expensive to fix, so get the problem solved correctly the first time. 

5. Water damage. Mold can become a serious problem quickly (especially if you live in a humid area) so if you have any large water leaks you should have a professional come in and check it out. They will see how much water got into your walls/ceilings and can cut holes to help the water evaporate. It is a lot cheaper to have someone come when the problem occurs than later when there is mold or rotting. 

6. Heating and cooling problems. If your HVAC system is not working properly, have someone come and take a look. They are expensive to replace, so it is important to have them cleaned and evaluated yearly. There are a few simple things you can do, but if you aren't sure what is going on or how to fix a problem, seek help immediately. 

While hiring someone to come to your home can be costly, doing these things incorrectly will cost you a lot more. Treat your home like the investment that it is and it will be in good repair for years to come.