Global warming is real. Winters are getting colder by the years, and summers even worse – especially in Frisco, Texas. The sweltering heat is enough to drive anything – living and non-living to the brink of death, including your household appliances, such as the air conditioner.
However, sometimes, we may write off our trusty old air conditioner unit as completely unsalvageable and begin preparing for another hefty investment without actually confirming that the air conditioner is truly well and gone.
So, how do we do that?
It’s easy, first by co-relating with the below mentioned signs and symptoms of a damaged air conditioner, and then re-confirming it by calling in a professional air conditioner repair and serviceman for a thorough check-up and analysis.
Here are the top 7 signs to identify if the air conditioner needs repairs:
Little to No Cool Air
One of the most obvious signs of air conditioner damage is the fact that there’s little to no cool air when the air conditioner is switched on.
Depending on where you live, how hot the weather is, the brand and quality of the air conditioner and how often the air conditioner is serviced, cleaned and maintained – both yourself and by a professional, a good unit and cooling system can last anywhere from eight to ten years – and that’s a minimum. Each model comes with a manufacturer’s estimation of the life expectancy of the air conditioner.
If you happen to notice that your home is not quite as comfortable during the summer highs, or that there’s almost no cool air coming from the air conditioner at any given time, it might be time to get it checked for possible repairs. No cool air is usually considered a sign of compressor issues and it needs to be examined by a professional.
Low Air Flow
If it’s been a couple of hours since you’ve switched on the air conditioner and your home is still not quite as cool and comfortable as you’d like it to be, check the flow of air coming from the vents. If you find that the air flow is very poor, it could mean that either the filters of your air conditioner have become choked, or there’s trouble with the air conditioner ducts. It could also mean that the AC’s compressor is creating an issue.
You could try and remove the filters from the air conditioner and clean them up to see if that makes a difference – but that’s only if you’re insistent on DIY’ing the air conditioner repair yourself. Otherwise it’s recommended to call in a professional for a thorough examination and analysis of your air conditioner’s functionality, especially because obstructed air flow by debris can mean a health risk for the home’s occupants.
Inconsistency or Fluctuations – Temperature or Otherwise
If there is any sort of sudden inconsistency with your air conditioner’s functionality, it means that there is a definite need for air conditioner repairs. If your air conditioner works perfectly fine at times and then switches to throwing out hot air all of a sudden, or it switches on properly only to switch itself off a short while later – without being put on a timer, then there’s something definitely worth investigating.
Unusually Loud Noises
The latest of air conditioner models are specifically designed to operate as smoothly and noiselessly as possible. This means any noise, low or loud, is unusual and is to be taken as a red flag. Slight noises could indicate a choked filter or duct issues, while a loud rumbling or cranking noise is indicative of greater troubles with the fan of the outdoor unit. Either way, noises means that the air conditioner needs repairs – no two ways about that.
Air conditioners are meant to circulate clear, cool air within the home. By that standard, any strange smells which may suddenly begin to circulate throughout the home are clear signs of air conditioner troubles. Unseemly smells which emanate from the air conditioner usually point towards improper cleaning and maintenance. They also indicate filter concerns. In either case, unusual smells dictate that it’s time for a proper check-up and thorough cleaning of the air conditioner – if for no other reason than to rule out any health hazards.
Air conditioners can act very weirdly when they have moisture problems – and when they have moisture problems, it most likely means that the air conditioner needs serious repairs. If there’s a water leak anywhere near the HVAC system, or a puddle forming anywhere, or there is a stream of water dripping from inside the air conditioner indoor unit, you should automatically assume that it’s time for some serious air conditioner repairs which need to be taken care of as soon as possible.
Sudden Spike in Utility Bills
Usually people don’t notice a hike in utility bills – especially during the summer months where the air conditioning systems continue to work throughout the day. Most people chalk it up to extra usage and don’t think too much when paying the bills. However, a sudden increase in your energy bills is actually an indication that your air conditioning or heating system might not be working properly.
When the efficiency of the air conditioning system is affected, it can cause the cooling system to consume a greater amount of energy, hence the elevated bills.
If you recognize any of the above mentioned signs, and suspect improper functionality of your air conditioning system, feel free to contact the expert AC service and repairmen over at K and S Heating and Air.
A family owned and operated service, K and S has a team of highly competent, trained and licensed servicemen who are available for service 24/7, all seven days a week.
To set up a consult, feel free to call them at 972-271-9319. You can also request an appointment online by clicking here.
For more information, please visit, www.kandsac.com.