Aside from a complete system breakdown, it can be difficult to tell when your AC needs to be repaired. After all, a working AC can often feel like a “set it and forget it” kind of appliance. But did you know that recognizing the signs that you need air conditioner repair can actually prevent breakdowns? Let’s take a look at some of the most common signs of a problem with your AC with the experts from Service Wizard.
Texas summers are known for being especially harsh, but that doesn’t mean that the heat should follow you inside. If your AC is blowing warm air, it’s a sure sign that the system is in need of repairs. A common problem that Texas homeowners face is a frozen AC, which can happen easily on hot, humid days. A frozen air conditioner is just like it sounds — ice forms on the AC coils and blocks the cooling process completely, sending warm air into your home.
If your AC is blowing warm air, check for ice on the coils of your indoor AC unit and follow our frozen AC troubleshooting guide. If your AC isn’t frozen, schedule a visit from one of our licensed technicians.
Little to No Airflow
Just like warm air, not enough air can become quite a problem on a hot day. If it feels like your AC just isn’t blowing air, put your hand near one of the vents to test the airflow. Little to no air coming out of the vents could mean that your blower is stuck or broken, but it could also indicate a blockage preventing the proper flow of air somewhere in the system. Both of these issues require a professional hand, so call on Service Wizard if your AC isn’t blowing enough air.
Central Texas is known for its humid heat, and sometimes it feels like you just can’t escape the moisture! But if the inside of your home is uncomfortably humid, there could be a problem with your AC. Moisture removal is a natural side effect of the air conditioning process, so high humidity in your home indicates that your AC system isn’t cooling properly. Schedule AC repairs so an HVAC professional can inspect the system and recommend a solution.
Condensation is normal when it comes to your AC system — it’s part of the moisture removal process we mentioned above. That’s why there’s a condensate drain pan below your AC unit that catches dripping condensation and disposes of it in your plumbing. However, if you’re noticing pools of water around your AC system, there’s a major problem with your air conditioner that needs to be addressed immediately.
The process of your AC turning on, running and turning off is called a cycle. Since your AC cycles regularly to maintain the thermostat’s set temperature, you’re likely pretty familiar with the sounds and rhythm of a typical cycle, even if it’s subconsciously. This means that you’ll notice if your AC is cycling much more frequently than normal, running unusually short cycles or turning off right after cycling on. While it’s easy to tune out these sounds, it’s important to have a professional look at a frequently cycling system in order to prevent undue wear and tear.
Unusual Odors or Sounds
You know what your AC sounds like, and — hopefully — it doesn’t smell like anything. So if you notice loud noises when your AC is running or a foul odor coming from the vents, don’t ignore them! Loud sounds from your AC are a sure sign that it’s in desperate need of repairs. Likewise, any kind of odor coming from your AC system is a sign of mold and mildew in the ductwork, which can be harmful to your health. Call on Service Wizard if you notice any of these abnormalities from your air conditioner.
Service Wizard is the AC company Austin residents trust with their AC repairs. Contact us today to schedule your service visit!