As summer approaches, every homeowner wants to ensure that everything is in order, in terms of air conditioning. But since you are not a specialist, and you probably don’t know anything about your AC unit, it is possible that you won’t even tell if it has a problem or not. But the thing is, when your AC starts to malfunction, or has something faulty, it starts misbehaving. This means that if you pay attention, you will notice some signs. So, watch out for any of these signs, and if you see any of them, you need to call an AC technician immediately.
Warm air – If you feel warm air coming out of your vents, check the thermostat to make sure that it is on cooling mode. You can also set it lower than the temperature in your home. If you notice that nothing is changing and that warm air is still blowing out of your vents, then you may be dealing with a compressor issue or restricted airflow. These are problems that need to be looked at as soon as possible by a professional. After all, the cooling system in your home is super complex and it needs careful calibration, so you should never try DIY fixes.
Insufficient airflow – Having poor airflow in your home is a clear sign that your AC has a problem, or there a blockage preventing proper airflow through the ductwork. In this case, you may be dealing with a clogged filter, a broken motor, or a more serious issue waiting to ‘explode.’ This means that you need to call a professional right away to come to check it out. In addition to calling a technician, consider investing in an energy-recovery ventilator. This is because it boosts your air conditioning by replacing stale air with fresh air whenever the system cycles. What’s more, your AC benefits from zoning systems, ensuring that you will be getting proper airflow when you need it the most.
Your AC emits loud and strange noises – If anything, your AC is not supposed to make much noise, and also the heat pump is supposed to run silently. So, if you hear odd noises such as squealing, screeching, clanging, or any other sound, you should not ignore it, as it could be an indicator that there is a problem in your system that needs to be fixed.
Your indoor air is dusty – Whenever you notice dusty air coming out of the vents, you should know that it is not normal. In most cases, this is a sign that your ductwork is clogged by dust and debris. If this is the case, the airflow is greatly affected, which also means your indoor comfort is compromised. What all this means is that you need to get your ducts cleaned and checked by a professional, and ASAP!
Weak airflow from the vents – Nonexistent or weak airflow can be as a result of leaky ductwork or just a blower fan that’s no longer working. Whichever the case, you really need to have it checked by a professional, as it may affect your entire system if ignored. After all, it is a waste of money to have an AC system run and the regulated air isn’t reaching you.
Higher bills every time you run the AC system – This is the other issue that’s associated with faulty AC units. See, if in a particular month you realize that the utility bills were much higher than they should have been, then this is a clear indication that the AC has an issue that needs to be checked by an AC technician. Don’t just grit your teeth and bear the costs, because if there is a problem, it may escalate and you will pay much more to fix it or even replace it.
If your AC is short cycling – Let’s say after turning your AC unit on, it starts a cooling cycle, only for it to shut down just a few minutes later. Well, if you have been experiencing this with your unit, then there is no other possible explanation for this behavior other than it is faulty and it needs a complete check from an AC technician. You shouldn’t assume that maybe it is cooling your home faster than normal. You see, short-cycling is a problematic pattern, which if ignored, it greatly affects the general comfort in your home, costs you more money, and harms your system in the long run.