The HVAC system is a huge part of our daily lives! In fact it is the the biggest and most expensive appliance in the home, yet it doesn’t get as much care as it needs to. Only 42% of homeowners call an expert to perform routine maintenance on their units. This makes them vulnerable to health threats and comfort issues that a broken AC might pose.
If you fail to have your AC maintained by a certified technician, you may be dealing with some problems. You may or may not notice it, but your AC may already be giving you signs that it needs an AC repair or replacement.
Here are some signs to watch out for:
Other than this issue, the air conditioning system may still be functioning as expected. It may still turn on and the air coming out of it may still be cool. In spite of this, the room may still not feel cold. In that case, it may be due to weak airflow. Hold your hand against the vent and feel the air coming out. If it isn’t that powerful, you may be dealing with this issue. This can be because of an issue with the AC blower or a clogged air filter. Other reasons can be more serious, such as a blocked air duct, frozen evaporator coils, or leaking ducts. For these causes, you need a professional to look at it.
Blowing Warm Air
If you hold your hand against the vent and you feel adequate airflow but it feels warm, it may be a possible cause for inspection. It could indicate a problem with the compressor, low refrigerant charge, or faulty capacitor. It could also mean you have a potential problem with duct system.
You can expect your air conditioner to hum when it’s on. But how do you differentiate it from a noise indicating something’s wrong? If it sounds unfamiliar or it sounds like there’s something scraping, screeching, grinding, or grating inside the unit, that’s a huge sign of an underlying issue. To be safe, get your unit checked out anytime you hear something strange. Prolonging this issue can cause other, costlier parts to break, causing further damage and repair costs.
Any strange smell coming from your HVAC system won’t disappear the longer you ignore it. This issue is easy to fix. It might only need some duct cleaning to remove the build-up of dirt or ultraviolet light treatment to eliminate microbial and bacterial growth. In any case, don’t let the smell grow as the causes aren’t trivial. It might be due to mold that will put your family’s health at risk. A pungent smell can also indicate burnt wiring, electrical components, or motor.
Air conditioning systems have a set routine. It turns on every time it needs to cool the room, and it turns off every time the room reaches the ideal temperature. In hotter months, you can expect the AC to do this cycle more often than usual. However, it shouldn’t be too frequent. If you’re noticing something is unusual with its cycles, call someone to check the cause. It may only need a quick tune-up to get it working as expected again. In some cases, however, it may be due to an oversized AC system.
The thermostat is technically the “brain” of the HVAC system, telling which components to function and for how long. It is constantly measuring and reevaluating those instructions. If your AC system is not turning on or only runs for short periods of time before shutting off, your thermostat may be to blame and may need to be replaced.
Excessive Moisture/Water Around System
Sometimes when you see moisture around your system, it may be just condensate. However, if you notice a build up or odd color, it is time to call for repair. The most serious type of leak you may experience would be a refrigerant leak which is a cause for concern. However, if you have just a condensate leak , the drain line may be blocked or broken. These are issues that you should address promptly.
If there is one thing we know in Austin, it’s humidity! An AC unit also has the responsibility to regulate the humidity inside the home. This is one of the reasons why you can feel refreshed inside even when it’s hot and humid outside. If you feel sticky, however, this means the system may not be performing efficiently. It can be dangerous since high-humidity environments foster mold growth. This aspect of the HVAC system’s function is essential to your family’s health.
Spike In Utility Costs
The AC may be functioning like normal with no signs of issues. However, it may still be wise for you to have it checked if you find that your electricity bills have spiked even with normal usage.
Don’t let your summer air conditioner repair needs snowball into costly emergency repair. Contact Pure Aire HVAC and schedule an air conditioning service and performance check today.