As the summer heat begins to rise, a working air conditioner can go a long way in helping keep you comfortable and your home cool. If your air conditioner is in disrepair, it will be difficult to beat the heat and your home will not be the relaxing place you want it to be after a long day. In addition, the utility costs of a malfunctioning unit only increase as time goes on. Repair or replacement is the best solution, not only for your family’s comfort, but for your bottom line as a consumer. It’s not hard to tell that your air conditioner needs repairs, but just in case you’re not sure, here are some signs to keep an eye out for this summer.
If your AC unit is malfunctioning or in need of repair, you may turn it on to hear a grinding or grating sound as the unit attempts to function. This is not normal and should be cause for concern. Grinding sounds can indicate that there are some broken motor bearings. Another sound you may hear is a squeaking or squealing sound coming from the unit. This may signal that the one or more of the parts is in need of lubrication. Either way, these are not to be ignored as continued wear and tear on these parts without maintenance could lead to a breakdown or less efficient operation.
If you detect an unfamiliar and/or unpleasant odor coming from your AC unit, it could come from several causes and deserves a call to a professional for prompt attention.
Improper Air Flow
If air is not flowing through your house evenly and easily, it could indicate a blockage, or poorly-sealed ductwork, or that the unit’s compressor is malfunctioning. If air is not flowing efficiently through your home, consult a professional to determine the cause and solution.
If moisture is gathering around your system or if you can see a buildup of condensation, it could signal a problem. We recommend consulting a professional to evaluate possible causes and solutions.
Lack of Cool Air
Perhaps the most common sign that signals a need for ac repair, is a simple lack of cold air. Even when the unit is operating at full speed, you may notice a lack of cool air flowing throughout your home. There are multiple reasons why your unit might not be producing cold air such as low refrigerant levels or a failed compressor or capacitor.
If you’re in need of air conditioning repair and would like a consultation, contact our offices in San Jose, CA. We look forward to hearing from you.