Summer has arrived and with it so has the heat and the need to make sure your air conditioner is working well. Sure, you may be able to run it right now. But will it make it through the entire Clarksville summer as the heat increases?
Fortunately, your system will give you some telling signs that it may not last through the season. If you experience any of the following ten signs, schedule a maintenance call with a certified AC professional in Clarksville.
#1: Air Conditioner Blows Warm Air
One of the most obvious signs that your system needs maintenance is when you are no longer getting cold air. You may notice the air is just room temperature. It could also be that it is a little cooler, but not as cold as it should be. There are a number of issues that could prevent the air from reaching your optimal temperature. It could be there is not enough refrigerant in the system or that there is an issue with an electrical component. There could also be a problem with the thermostat, which we will cover later. (continue below)
#2: Low Airflow
When the system turns on, you may notice that there is not as much air coming from your registers. The entire system is based on the ability to move air properly, so this is a critical problem to solve. This can be caused by a frozen condenser or evaporator, clogged air filters, or an obstruction in the air ducts.
#3: Weird Odors
A strange or weird odor is another problem you may notice while your system is running. A pungent or metallic smell may indicate a problem with the electrical system, including components or wiring. These should be solved immediately to avoid fire hazards. A musty smell could indicate a buildup of mold or mildew in your system and should be cleaned.
#4: Strange Sounds
When your system is running smoothly, it should be nearly silent. If you hear a clanging, banging, or buzzing sound you know you have a problem. These may come from inside your home, or from the outside unit. Clicking, banging, or clanging may indicate a loose part or a motor that is wearing out. A buzzing sound could be a problem with a fan motor or a capacitor.
#5: Too Much Water
Your air conditioner should automatically dehumidify your home as it runs. If you notice your home is still quite humid, the system is not running properly and should be looked at. Likewise, if there is pooling water around your outdoor unit indicates the condensation drain may be clogged.
#6: Long or Short Cycling
This one may not be as noticeable unless you are paying really close attention to how your air conditioner is running. You may notice your system doing a couple of things. First, you may notice your system running for longer periods than normal. You may also notice your compressor turns on and off frequently, this is known short-cycling. Both of these indicate a problem you should have looked at by a certified HVAC professional.
#7: High Energy Costs
Another sign of a problem is a larger jump in your energy bill when you start running your system. When there is a problem, your system may still be able to run, but may not run as efficiently as it should. Aside from being a drain on the wallet, it means there could be any number of issues with your system and should be looked at by a professional.
#8: An Old Unit
Most systems are designed to last 10-15 years when they are well maintained. If your system is more than 10 years old, then it could be on its last legs. When combined with any of the preceding symptoms, it could indicate it is time for a new system. If your unit was installed prior to 2010, you likely have a system that runs on R22, which is now banned by the EPA. This means you will not be able to service it as easily, so you may want to strongly consider a replacement.
#9: Electrical Issues
You may notice problems with your home electrical when your unit cycles on and off. It may trip the breaker or could cause the lights in your home to dim. Either of these means the system is drawing more power than it should. This could be due to improper installation, a faulty component, or a short somewhere.
#10: A Faulty Thermostat
Finally, a faulty thermostat may cause your system not to run properly through the season. If it is not sensing the correct temperature it will cause the system to run improperly. The same will happen if it is not sending the right signals at the right time. Check that your batteries have a good charge to them, or consider replacing with a new digital or smart thermostat.
Call an Experienced Professional if Your System is Malfunctioning
Do you have an extremely old system? Are you seeing or hearing things that weren’t there before? If you suspect that the system is not working properly, you should call a professional as soon as possible.
A few signs that the system is in trouble include abnormal noises or smells, an extremely cold home, expensive bills, and frequent shutoffs. Regardless of the concern, an experienced professional can solve the problem and perform the necessary repairs before an emergency occurs.
Prevention and AC Tune-up costs are much more reasonable than having a costly repair later. Whether you live in Clarksville, TN or somewhere close by, the professionals at DOC Heating and Cooling are ready to help. The highly-trained technicians are available 24/7 for emergency calls and for regular maintenance to help keep your heating & cooling system running smoothly.
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