Does it seem like your home’s air conditioner is performing at its best? In our many years of positive customer service experience, typically an A/C system will start giving a homeowner signs if a problem is brewing, long before it finally breaks down. As such, homeowners who can find and address problems early usually save a lot more money while evading the bigger challenges of full system breakdowns.
To help you recognize some of these signs, we at Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air put together the following list of the top five indications there is a problem emerging with your A/C.
Top 5 Signs You Need an A/C Repair
1) Does your A/C blow out warm or hot air?
If your A/C system is blowing warm or hot air, it could indicate its compressor isn’t working. Additionally, it could otherwise indicate it has low levels of refrigerant, and it could be leaking refrigerant. Neither of these problems are impossible to fix, and fixing it may cost you less than you’d anticipate. Whatever the case, however, you should address the problem right away if you want to continue to use your system. Keep in mind refrigerants are hazardous to your health and should be handled by a professional.
2) Do you have a lot of moisture around the unit?
If you’re noticing moisture or water leakage around your system, you probably have a problem. Sometimes, this is a comparatively minor issue. Something might be blocking the drain tube that channels the condensation away from the system. If this is the case, it doesn’t mean it’s an emergency. Nevertheless, it’s still in your best interest to have it fixed promptly to stop the growth of mold. Be mindful at the same time as this kind of moisture could be originating from a refrigerant leak, which is much more serious. Whatever the issue, we advise homeowners to address it quickly to find out and to prevent additional problems from happening.
3) Is your A/C making strange sounds?
Because air conditioners are made to run fairly noiselessly, sound is often an indicator something amiss is unfolding. While you should hear a sound emanating from the motor when it’s running normally, you should not be hearing unusual grinding, screeching, or other harsh sounds. The sooner you ascertain the source of any such sounds, with the help of an authority, the better off your system will be in the long run. Usually, most of these strange sounds can be fixed before you have to replace the unit altogether.
4) Do you smell anything unusual?
Strange smell, scents or fragrances are reliable indicators if something within your A/C system might be going wrong. Usually, a sort of toasty, pungent-type of fragrance means wire insulation within the system is burned, or is burning, and requires replacement because of the fire hazard it poses. Musty odors aren’t good either. Besides the obvious stinch, musty smells often mean there is mildew or mold, which is a danger to you and your family’s health as well.
5) Are your humidity levels high?
One of the major functions of any air conditioner is the role it plays extracting humidity from the air within your home. If you begin to see water pooling around your windows or feel there to be a sticky feeling from the air within your home, this is a definite indication that your A/C is not running properly. We recommend you give us a call if you are faced with any of these issues.
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Are you dealing with any of these problems with the air conditioner in your home? We at Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air would love to come out to help. The sooner you give us a call, the less of a risk you face by allowing the problem to escalate to the point where your system breaks down.
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