Those banging sounds and warm gusts of air aren’t coming from a ghost. There could be coming from an unexpected source: your air conditioner.
And if it’s acting that way, it needs repairs.
On average, Americans typically spend $22 billion every year on air conditioning. In order to keep your home’s air conditioning spend to a minimum, it’s better to take preventative measures by doing regular maintenance and repairs.
But don’t worry. We’ll help. If you spot any of these five warning signs, you need to call a professional AC repair technician right away.
Warm air blowing out of your vents could be due to one of two problems: the thermostat isn’t set right or your compressor needs repairs.
Start by checking your thermostat. It should be on cooling mode, and the temperature should sit around 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home. If your home’s current temperature is already below 78 degrees, set your thermostat lower than the current temperature.
After this, find a vent and test the temperature of the air. If it still feels warm, you may have a compressor problem.
Sometimes leaks are the result of minor problems, such as debris blocking the drain tube. But moisture creates a breeding ground for molds and bacteria, so you’ll want to address any leak as soon as possible.
A refrigerant leak is much more serious. Because it is a toxic substance, breathing it in can cause sometimes lethal health conditions. Refrigerant leaks are also unsafe for the environment.
If you think the moisture around your air conditioning unit might be a refrigerant leak, call an air conditioning repair technician right away.
Your air conditioning unit should be quite. Any amount of banging, squealing, clicking, or rattling mean there’s something wrong inside your unit.
Each sound indicates a different problem.
For example, banging sounds can mean there’s a broken part that’s come loose. Squealing means your outer and inner fan and blower motors are wearing down.
Clicking noises aren’t unusual, but they shouldn’t be continuous. They might mean your thermostat is failing. Rattling can be a sign your air conditioner is deteriorating. It might be time to get a new one.
A sharp, pungent smell is coming from your wire insulation. If the scent is strong and lingering, it means the wire insulation has burned out. You’ll need to replace it to remove the odor.
A musty smell is a result of mold growth inside your ductwork. Every time you turn on your air conditioner, you’re blowing the mold through the rest of your home.
This can have a negative effect on your health, so don’t wait to take care of this problem.
An old unit could be to blame for your weak air flow. If your air conditioning unit is old, it probably doesn’t run as efficiently as it should.
Poor air flow could also come from a blockage in your ductwork, a clogged air filter, or a broken motor. These issues are more serious than a blockage, and you should call a repair technician to find the exact cause.
Warm air, moisture, loud sounds, bad scents, and poor airflow are all sure signs something inside your air conditioning system isn’t working quite right. But we’re here to help you.
If you think your system needs some AC repair, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation 7 days a week!