When it’s hot outside, the last thing you want to do is sweat when you go inside. Unfortunately, if your AC system isn’t working properly, this may be your fate.
The good news is, most air conditioners don’t just stop working without warning. Getting to know the signs of an issue can help you avoid discomfort, regardless of how hot it is outside.
1. Warm Air
This may seem obvious, but if you notice warm air coming out of the vents in your home, check the thermostat first. Be sure your unit is on “cooling” mode, and that the temperature is set lower than the current temperature in your home. If you notice there’s still warm air is coming out of the vent, it could be a compressor issue or restricted airflow.
Calling the professionals to find the underlying issue is best. Remember, even air that’s slightly warmer than usual indicates a problem, so don’t ignore it.
2. Strange or Loud Noises
Does your air conditioning system make strange or loud sounds? Have you noticed a grating, grinding, or squealing noises? If so, this is your AC unit’s attempt to reach out for help.
If you avoid dealing with these warning signs, it will only lead to additional and more expensive damage. Usually, noises like this occur if a belt has slipped out of place, if the motor bearings are broken, or if there’s an internal part that needs lubrication. The unit may need to be replaced, or repairs may be possible. Regardless of the fix, don’t wait to call for help.
3. Insufficient Airflow
Is the stream of air coming from the vents not as strong as it once was? If so, it’s a sign the unit is inefficient or that there’s a blockage keeping the air from moving freely through your home’s ductwork. There are several potential issues, including a clogged air filter, broken motor, or something that’s even more serious.
If you notice insufficient airflow regularly, it’s a good idea to invest in an energy-recovery ventilator. This can give your unit a boost by exchanging the stale air for fresh air each time your system cycles. The AC may benefit from zoning systems, too. With these, they can ensure you’re getting the proper airflow and cooling power where it’s needed the most.
4. The Presence of Moisture
If you have noticed leakage around your AC unit, two issues could be present. The less serious issue is if there is a drain tube that is broken or blocked. However, it may also be caused by something more serious, like a refrigerant leak.
In either situation, it’s important to take immediate action. If you fail to do this, bigger problems may occur.
Don’t Wait to Call for Professional Service and Repairs
If you have noticed a problem with your air conditioning system, don’t wait to call for help. By contacting professional technicians, you can find out the underlying issue and have confidence that it is repaired the first time.