August 24, 2017

Top Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Immediate Service

Filed under: Home Maintenance — Chuck @ 9:22 am

Your AC unit will always need periodic maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape and extend its life. Sometimes, however, your air conditioner might show signs it needs immediate attention even before its scheduled maintenance. Here are some of those symptoms that may require a visit from an air conditioning specialist right away.

It’s not making the room cool anymore
When your AC is running full blast but isn’t doing anything to keep you from sweating profusely, it’s likely it’s not generating cold air anymore. There are some reasons for this, from dirty air filters to a malfunctioning electronic control board. You can do something about the dirty air filters, but you should leave the more complicated electronic control board problem to a qualified air conditioning technician. But if your AC still can’t cool the room despite your best efforts, it’s probably time to consider buying a new AC unit.

Strange smells and sounds
If you notice weird sounds or an unusual smell coming from your air conditioner, turn it off immediately and call an AC professional. The smell could be that of something electrical overheating or burning inside, which could be very dangerous. The weird sounds, on the other han8d, could be from a loose fan belt or a poorly-lubricated central air fan motor. Whatever is causing them, make sure they are addressed immediately for safety reasons.

Astronomical energy bills
An air conditioner consumes more electricity than most of your appliances, especially when you use it every single day. That’s why you’re probably used to higher than usual energy bills. However, if the next electric bill suddenly skyrockets, there might be something wrong with your AC. Again, dirty air filters might be causing it, as it hampers air flow, which always leads to higher electricity bills. But faulty installation, leaks or holes in your duct system, refrigerant issues, or dirty coils could also be affecting your AC’s energy efficiency. Have a professional check your AC to restore its efficiency and lower your energy bills, and make the unit last longer as well.