AC repair, it can be expensive, uncomfortable, and an overall unpleasant experience. But what if we told you there were ways to notice your AC is in trouble before it completely shuts down? Well, there are some pretty noticeable signs that can indicate a major problem is right around the corner, and if you notice them, you can limit the damage to your AC and save a lot of money and stress.
This blog will highlight those major tell-tale signs of an air conditioning problem, and it’s our hope that you heed these warnings to protect your unit later on.
Frequent Repairs & High Energy Bills
If you look at your energy bill each month and you see a large number there, then your AC is struggling. Now maybe all you need to do is clean it or schedule a maintenance visit, but it’s more than likely that your AC is in need of a significant repair. If you have already done that as well and nothing is changing, then it may be time to get a new air conditioner.
The older an AC gets, the less efficient it becomes. It just struggles with the normal wear and tear that life causes more than it used to. It’s like going to the doctor’s office and being told: “You’re just getting old.” A major sign of an AC in need of repair is a high energy bill, so be on the lookout!
What we mean by incomplete cooling is that there are some rooms in your home that are cooler than others and this is usually a combination of problems. Combine leaky and clogged ducts with old, inefficient air conditioners and you have the recipe for incomplete air flow.
If you have noticed that some of the rooms in your home are cooler than others, then you need to have your AC and ductwork checked soon.
Dust & Humidity Levels Are High
Your AC keeps you cool, but it also cycles the air through your home. If dust and particles are a constant presence in your home, despite the fact that you have changed your air filters and cleaned your ductwork, it is probably because the air in your home is not moving enough. Stagnant air leads to dust settling, and once that happens, an air filter or purifier cannot eliminate it.
Stagnant air combined with high levels of humidity can also lead to mold, a much bigger problem. If you find mold in your home in multiple places, then your AC needs to be checked. If this is a recurring problem, your AC should be replaced.
Sounds and Smells
If your AC is struggling, you will probably hear it. The sound of metal grinding on metal is a sign that your AC is not running smoothly. Typically, there should be no other noise than the sound of your AC turning on and the humming of the engine.
If you can smell anything coming out of your vents, it’s time to call your trusted HVAC expert. Smells can mean that your AC’s wire insulation has burned out or there is mold inside your ductwork. Either option is bad and should be dealt with immediately.
An air conditioner is built to last about ten years, so if you know your AC is older, then you should prepare. The natural wear and tear that an AC unit will experience is just a part of life. That being said, you can extend the life of your AC unit significantly by keeping it clean and having HVAC professionals tune it up regularly, but in the end, nobody can beat Father Time forever. If you get to the point where repair costs feel like monthly payments and energy bills are too high, it’s time to invest in a new AC.
Let TemperaturePro Repair Your AC Today!
Every homeowner should be invested in the health of their HVAC system, as they work very hard to keep you comfortable. A major repair is typically the cause of years of negligence rather than bad luck, so take steps to protect your air conditioner before issues arise and pay attention to the signs of a problem.
Following this blog will help you save time, money, and stress. If you have any questions, need any advice, or would like to schedule an appointment to check your air conditioner, contact us today!