Now that summer is here, you’re probably using your A/C more often. But, what happens when your A/C suddenly stops working? You’ll be left uncomfortable in the heat and humidity until an emergency A/C repair is complete. However, if you pay attention to these five warning signs, you can prevent an unexpected breakdown and remain comfortable all summer.
1. Warm Air Coming Out of Vents
If you turn on your air conditioning and feel warm air instead of cool air, it’s a sign that there’s a problem with your A/C. The problem could be something as simple as a clogged filter or perhaps a bad capacitor. No matter the reason for warm air coming out of your vents, have your system checked as soon as possible to resolve the problem.
2. Weak Airflow From Your Vents
Another sign of trouble is weak airflow coming through the vents. Weak airflow means that your air conditioning system is working very hard but isn’t operating properly. It likely means you might have leaky ductwork, a bad compressor, a clogged filter, or a build-up of debris in the ducts. To resolve this problem, have your air conditioning system inspected by an HVAC professional.
3. Loud Noises Coming From an Indoor Unit
Loud noises are never a good sign, especially in your air conditioning system. If you hear unusual noises such as squealing or scraping, it might mean something is out of place or needs more lubrication. Address loud noises immediately because loose parts and/or unlubricated parts can cause more damage over time.
4. Odd Smells When Unit is Running
Your air conditioner should never smell bad. If you notice strange smells, it’s a sign that something isn’t right. Burning smells might signal that insulation on the A/C’s wiring has been damaged, and that puts your home at risk of catching fire. Musty odors tend to indicate mold growth, which can significantly affect your health.
5. Leaking Around the Unit
Leaks around the unit should be addressed immediately. It could be a sign of a coolant leak, which is a big deal. It could also be water, which might reveal a clogged tube inside the device. No matter what’s leaking, always have a professional handle the problem.
Make Sure Your A/C is Working Properly with S&L Prime
Don’t wait until your air conditioner gives out before you contact a Maryland HVAC company. Have S&L Prime A/C & Heating Systems schedule and complete regular air conditioner maintenance. Not only will it ensure that your air conditioner doesn’t break down, but routine service helps with performance and longevity.
Contact us now to schedule an appointment.