Is your A/C blowing out warm air, making strange sounds or smells, or gathering water around the unit? If so, you’re in the right place. Throughout our many years of excellent customer service experience, we find that usually an A/C system will begin giving a homeowner indications if a problem is arising. This can occur, in some cases, long before the system ultimately breaks down. As such, homeowners who can find and fix emerging problems as soon as possible usually save a lot more money than those that neglect these signs.
To help you identify some of these signs, and possibly avoid the bigger challenges of a full system breakdown, we at Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling present the following list of the top five signs there is a problem with your A/C.
Five Signs That an A/C Repair is Needed
1) Is the A/C blowing warm or hot air?
If your A/C system begins blowing warm or hot air, it might mean the compressor isn’t working. Furthermore, it could mean it has low refrigerant levels, which it could be leaking. Neither of these circumstances are impossible to repair, and fixing it usually costs homeowners less than they’d expect. Whatever the problem, nonetheless, you should address this sort of thing promptly if you wish to continue to use your system. Be mindful as well, as A/C refrigerants are hazardous to your health and should be taken care of by a professional.
2) Does your A/C have moisture around the unit?
If you’re seeing moisture or water leakage near your system, you probably have a problem. Often, this can be a relatively minor problem. Something could be hindering the drain tube that directs the condensation away from the system. If this is the case, it does not equate to an emergency. Nevertheless, it’s still in your best interest to have it repaired immediately to stop the growth of mold. Be mindful at the same time that this sort of moisture could be arising from a refrigerant leak, which is much a more serious problem. Whatever the case, we encourage homeowners to address it immediately to find out and to prevent further problems from appearing.
3) Does the A/C make strange noises?
A/Cs are manufactured to operate at a fairly quiet level. As such, strange noises are frequently an indicator something is wrong. While you should hear a fairly quiet humming sound coming from the motor when it’s running properly, you should not be hearing strange grinding, screeching, or other harsh jerky/squealing noises. The sooner you ascertain the source of any such racket, with the help of a professional, the better off your system will be in the long run. Generally, most of these strange noises can be corrected before you have to replace the unit altogether.
4) Does your A/C have any strange smells emanating from it?
Uncommon smells, scents or fragrances are good indicators that something within your A/C system might be going wrong. Frequently, a sort of toasty, burning/pungent-type of fragrance indicates wire insulation within the system is burning, and needs replacement because of the fire hazard it poses. Decaying, putrid, musty fragrances aren’t a good thing either. Aside from the definite stench itself, musty smells normally suggest there is mildew or mold, which is a hazard to you and your family’s health.
5) Do you have high levels of humidity?
One of the main functions of any air conditioner is the role it performs extracting humidity from the air within your home. If you start to see water pooling around your windows or sense that there is a sticky feeling in the air within your home, this is a clear indication that your A/C is not operating correctly. We suggest you give us a call if you are faced with any of these problems. We’d be happy to help any time, day or night.
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If you are struggling with any of these issues with your A/C, we at Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling would love to come out and help. The sooner you call us, the less of a risk you stand by allowing the problem to evolve to the point where your system could even break down.