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Summers in Dallas, TX, are very hot; therefore, you rely greatly on your air conditioning system during the summer. The last thing that you want is for your air conditioner to break down completely during the hottest time of the year. The best way to avoid a complete system breakdown is to be able to recognize the signs that you need to call for air conditioning service early. If you catch a small problem early, it won’t become a serious problem in the future.
#1 No Cold Air
The most obvious sign that you need to call for air conditioning service is if there is no cold air coming from the vents in your home. Before you make the call, you should first check the thermostat. You want to make sure that the system is set to the cooling mode and that the temperature inside the house is warmer than what the thermostat is set to.
If everything checks out, you should call a professional for air conditioner service. There are a few different reasons this could be happening, such as a failing compressor, a faulty thermostat, or low refrigerant. It would take the knowledge and experience of an HVAC tech to figure out why there is no cold air coming from the vents and make the necessary repairs.
#2 Little Or No Air Flow
If the airflow from the vents in your home is poor, it will be difficult for your house to reach the desired temperature. Your system will need to work harder to keep your home cold, which will cause your energy bills to increase and put added strain on the system.
The problem could be with the compressor or a clog in the air ducts. If you aren’t getting enough airflow, you should call for air conditioning service right away.
#3 Foul Smells Coming From the Air Conditioner
When your air conditioner is running, you shouldn’t smell anything. If there are any strange smells, you should call for air conditioner service immediately. If you smell a moldy or musty smell, there could be mold or mildew inside the system. This can cause poor air quality in your home, which can put your family at risk. If you smell something burning, there could be an electrical issue, which needs to be repaired as soon as possible. The burning smell could also be coming from the unit’s insulation, which should also be repaired immediately. Waiting to call for air conditioning service can put your home and family at risk.
#4 Strange Sounds Coming From the Air Conditioner
When your air conditioner is running, it shouldn’t make any more noise than a low-level hum. If your system makes any more noise than that, you should call for air conditioning service. The problem would depend on the sound that your air conditioner is making. If there is a clicking sound coming from the outside unit when it is running, the problem likely lies with the fan. If there is a bubbling or gurgling sound, there is probably an issue with the drain line. A squealing sound means that there is probably a broken belt or an internal part loose that is clanging around.
If you allow the problem to persist, it can cause even more damage, which is why you should call for a service as soon as you start hearing strange sounds.
#5 Moisture Around the Unit
There should never be moisture or water pooling around the indoor air conditioning unit. Unless it just rained in Dallas, TX, there should never be moisture or water pooling around the outdoor unit as well. If there is, you should call for air conditioning service immediately. The problem could be something simple, like a clogged or broken drainage hose. The problem could also be something more serious, like a refrigerant leak. Because refrigerant is toxic, this is a serious concern, especially if you have small children or pets. It is essential that you call for air conditioning service as soon as you notice any moisture around the indoor or outdoor units.
#6 High Humidity In the Home
Your air conditioner is responsible for more than keeping it cool in the house. It is also designed to remove moisture from the home, keeping it more comfortable. If you notice that it is unusually humid in your home, you should call for air conditioning service.
The problem could be something simple, like your system needs to be recalibrated or needs a tuneup. The problem could also be something more serious, and your air conditioner needs to be replaced. If your system is about to reach the end of its lifespan, it won’t be able to keep the home cool and comfortable, causing it to be more humid than usual.
#7 Cycling On and Off Frequently
The air conditioner in your home, should only cycle off when the house reaches the desired temperature. It should only cycle on when it gets warmer than the desired temperature. If your system is cycling on and off for no reason at all, it is time to call for air conditioning service. The problem could be something simple like the system needs to be recalibrated. There could also be a problem with the thermostat. This issue can also occur if the air conditioner has reached its maximum lifespan. It would take the expertise of an HVAC tech to figure out what is causing the problem and make the necessary repairs.
If you are having any issues with the air conditioner in your home, contact K&S Heating & Air. We are a family-owned and operated business that has been serving residential and business customers in the DFW area for many years. Each of our technicians is highly trained and certified. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, which should give you peace of mind that we are the best in the business.
We understand that air conditioning issues can arise at any time of the day or night. This is why we offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To schedule an appointment, give us at K&S Heating and Air a call today.