Nothing is more dreaded than a broken AC in August – especially around here. With no defense against the summer heat, your home is subject to overwhelming discomfort. So don’t get caught without this summertime necessity. Know the signs of a breaking air conditioner and take action before you the heat gets the best of you!
There are several telltale indications that your air conditioner is breaking down. Some may be more explicit than others, but they all could lead to an early catch of an AC ailment. It is important that you take note of any peculiar behavior and remain proactive in maintaining your unit.
How to check for telltale signs…
1. Feel the air
Asses the air flowing from the unit’s supply vents. If you’ve set your thermostat to run the AC and the outdoor unit seems to be running, you should feel cold air coming through. However, if you notice that there is less airflow than usual or that the air is warm, your system may have a problem.
2. Check the temperature
This may be the easiest sign of which you’ll first take note. If your home does not seem to be cooling with the air conditioner running, there is likely an issue. But don’t be too hasty in making this dreadful conclusion. When the outside temperature exceeds 93 degrees, your AC will have a hard time keeping up with your home’s demands. So if the indoor temperature is only a few degrees warmer than that of your thermostat setting when it is exceptionally hot outside, you may be in the clear.
3. Look for signs of water leaking
If you notice that your indoor unit is forming a pool of water, your condensate drain is likely clogged with dirt and debris buildup. Over time, this backup will cause a rupture or a leak in the line. As it may be difficult to notice a leak, it is helpful to know where your AC unit is located within your home. For example, if you have a leaking attic unit, you may spot a water stain forming on the ceiling.
4. Listen for strange sounds
Hearing any squealing, grating, or grinding noises? It’s not your in-house monster wandering through your vents. These noises might imply malfunction on the inside of your unit. A squealing sound can indicate that a belt has slipped out of place. And a grating or grinding sound suggests that the motor’s bearings are broken.
5. Check for strange odors
Any kind of smell coming from your unit might be cause for alarm. But it can help discern which type of odor you notice in evaluating the problem at hand. Foul smells imply that your AC’s wire insulation has been burned out while a musty smell suggests mold growth inside your unit or ductwork. In either case, your air conditioner will require professional attention.
This summer, it is essential that you not only check for signs of damage but that you keep your air conditioner well-maintained as well. Simple tasks like changing out your air filters can go a long way in prolonging the life of your air conditioner. And when a problem arises, do not hesitate to call on us at NIR HVAC for your AC repair and replacement needs. We are here for you as these summer temps continue to rise!