6 Signs That Your AC Needs Immediate HELP!
Unlike a fair-weather friend, your air conditioner is always there for you during the difficult times. But for that to happen – you need to make sure you give it some regular TLC and look out for distress signs. Besides regular AC repairs, AC servicing and maintenance, there are certain times when your AC needs extra attention. These are the signs to look out for:
If your unit starts blowing out hot air, this could indicate a broken compressor or a refrigerant leak. Both of which can be fixed by calling a professional for your AC repair and service. Even if you notice that the unit is not cooling as effectively as it used to, that is another sign.
Air conditioners usually make a pleasant (white) noise or they are quite silent. But if you start hearing grinding or squealing sounds or repeated grating noises, it’s best to get your AC repaired before you have to replace the entire unit.
A pungent smell may be a sign that the wire insulation in the system has burned and needs to be replaced. A technician can confirm and bring new AC parts to make the change. A musty smell is an indication that there’s mould. This has to be addressed ASAP for the health of you and your family.
Window AC Vibrating
This is an obvious sign of trouble. The reason could be as simple as a faulty installation. Window ACs that are not sitting right can make a constant vibrating sound.
Keep an eye on your electricity bills. If you see that the bills are spiking too high during the months when your AC is being used, it could mean it’s not running properly. Of course it could also mean that you’re not using it efficiently – for example; there could be windows open or leaks in the room, or the temperature is not set right, or the wrong mode is used at the wrong time. Higher electricity bills during the summer months are quite normal – but you’ll know if the amount is way out of what’s expected.
Excess moisture or leaks are a clear (and common) sign of trouble. Instead of fixing the problem by placing a bucket where the leak is, call an AC repair or AC service technician to diagnose the problem. It will most likely be a blocked drain line or leaking refrigerant.
To be safe and save yourself the trouble and costs, as soon as any of these signs appear, call an expert. At least once a year, have your AC serviced, even if its running smoothly.