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Summers in Dallas, TX, get very hot. When the temperature outdoors reaches the ’90s, most people spend more time in their air-conditioned homes to escape the summer heat. You expect your air conditioner to keep your home cool and dry. And we just came out of a long one.
If your air conditioner isn’t functioning correctly, your home won’t be cool and comfortable, and you won’t have a cool place to escape the heat.
The best way to ensure your home will be cool and comfortable all summer long is to recognize the early signs that your air conditioner needs to be repaired. If you call an air conditioning service quickly, you can prevent a minor issue from becoming a major one, leading to a complete system breakdown.
If your air conditioner is exhibiting any of the following signs, you should call an air conditioning company right away.
#1 Your Thermostat Isn’t Working
The thermostat in your home is your HVAC system’s brain. It tells your system to heat or cool your home and also tells your system how warm or cool you want your home to be. If your thermostat isn’t functioning properly, your air conditioner won’t either.
If your thermostat isn’t lighting up and your air conditioner won’t turn on, try changing the batteries. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you will need to call an air conditioning service. The other signs of a faulty thermostat include:
- Your system cycles more often than usual.
- Your air conditioner runs constantly and won’t turn off.
- The temperature in your home doesn’t match the setting on the thermostat.
If the HVAC tech determines that your thermostat is faulty, it will need to be replaced. Thermostat technology has evolved over the last 20 years. Today, there are thermostat options that can help save money on your cooling costs.
Programmable thermostats allow you to program the thermostat to adjust based on when you are home and when you aren’t.
Wi-Fi thermostats allow you to control your thermostat using your smartphone from anywhere in the world as long as there is an internet connection.
Smart thermostats work in conjunction with your smart devices, such as Amazon Alexa. You can adjust the settings using the sound of your voice. You can use the smart device’s app to control the thermostat when you are away from home.
An HVAC tech from your local air conditioning service can discuss your options with you so that you can choose the best thermostat for you.
#2 Your System Isn’t Producing Cold Air
When your AC is running, it should pump out enough cold air to keep your home cool. If warm air is coming from the vents, you may need to call an air conditioning service.
Before you waste money on an unnecessary service call, check the thermostat settings. First, make sure the thermostat is set to the cooling mode. Next, make sure it is warmer in the house than the setting on the thermostat. Your system won’t produce cool air if it isn’t.
If everything checks out, you will need to have your system looked at. There are a few reasons why your system isn’t producing cold air.
- Faulty thermostat
- Dirty air filter
- Frozen evaporator coil
- Faulty compressor
- Low refrigerant level
Because multiple issues can cause this problem, it is best to call an air conditioning service to diagnose and repair the issue.
#3 Poor Airflow
When the air conditioner in your home is running, you should feel a strong rush of cold air when you stand in front of the vents. If the airflow is weak, you should call an air conditioning service.
The most common cause of this issue is clogged air ducts. If debris is clogging the ducts, the air will be obstructed. This issue can also affect the air quality in your home. In addition, the debris can affect your home’s air quality, and your system will need to work harder to keep your home cool, resulting in high energy bills.
There are a few other reasons that can cause poor airflow.
- Dirty air filter
- Dirty evaporator coil
- Faulty blower
An HVAC tech can find out what is causing the weak airflow and make the necessary repair.
#4 Strange Sounds
The air conditioner in your Dallas, TX home should be relatively quiet when it is running. It is normal to hear a faint clicking sound when the system cycles on and off; however, any other sounds signify a problem.
Banging, clanging, and buzzing sounds could signify a loose part, the fan blades are out of balance, or an internal component has broken. A high-pitched squealing sound indicates high pressure in the system, and you should turn off your air conditioner until it can be checked by an HVAC tech.
Ignoring strange sounds will result in more damage; therefore, you should call an air conditioning company as soon as possible.
#5 Moisture Around the AC
The area around your air conditioner should always be dry. If you notice moisture or liquid pooling around the system, you should call an air conditioning service.
Moisture in the area could be due to a clogged, broken, or disconnected condensate hose. Fluid pooling could be a refrigerant leak, which is more serious. Refrigerants are toxic and harmful to your health. In addition, your system won’t function properly without an adequate amount of refrigerant.
An HVAC tech can inspect your system to figure out what is wrong so they can fix it.
Why Choose K&S Heating & Air?
If the air conditioner in your Dallas, TX home is acting up, and you need to call an air conditioning service, contact K&S Heating & Air.
We are a full-service HVAC company, and our employees have over 100 years of combined experience. Over the years, we have seen it all. When you call us for a repair, you can be sure we can resolve the problem.
When you call us, you won’t be sent through multiple system prompts. A live person always answers the phone, making scheduling your appointment easy and stress-free.
To schedule an appointment for air conditioning service or any other HVAC service, give us a call today.