Can You Tell if Your Air Conditioner is Broken?
A brand-new air conditioner is great! It keeps your home cool and does so consistently. Good quality air conditioners can be at peak performance for years. This gives you that cool and clean air even when it’s sweltering outside.
However, over time and due to various factors, the performance of your air conditioner can deteriorate. This is expected from any type of equipment. With regular A/C maintenance, you can prolong the life of your air conditioner for up to 15 years!
If you are diligent on maintenance, you will most likely not encounter the common signs of a malfunctioning AC.
But if you’ve skipped on some maintenance or have an older unit, below are the signs that your air conditioner is not working properly:
The temperature you set is not holding
When you notice that your AC can no longer pull the temperate down or if the temperature you’ve set it at fluctuates, it may be time to have your air conditioner serviced. If you hold your hand or a light material close to the register, you may also observe an insufficient air flow from your diffusers which potentially indicates a frozen or dirty evaporator coil.
The inside of the house feels humid
Relative to not being able to hold the temperature, a malfunctioning AC may make the house feel humid. Because it no longer effectively removes heat and humidity, you may observe a certain level of humidity you didn’t notice before when your air conditioner was working at 100%. If you notice humidity inside of your home it may be time to have your air conditioner serviced.
It is normal for your air conditioner to make some buzzing or humming sounds during operation, but hearing unusual noises means something is likely malfunctioning. Loud, sudden, clunks and rattling noises could mean issues with the internal components namely outdoor fan motor compressor or blower motor. The compressor, condenser fan, blower fan motor or contactor could all cause strange sounds when malfunctioning. If your air conditioner is making any abnormal sounds it might be time to call your trusted HVAC specialist for a consultation.
Some condensation may be observed from the outer body of the outside condenser or the furnace area inside the home. However, an excessive amount of water dripping from your unit especially at a fast pace means there is an accumulation of water inside. While A/C units use refrigerants to cool your home, there should never be an accumulation of water in or around your unit. An active leak is a sign that your AC needs professional maintenance.
HVAC systems can sometimes deal with microbial growths in and around the evaporator coil. This may be caused by improper or insufficient cleaning and can easily be diagnosed and fixed. If you notice unwanted odours from your AC, it is best to have it cleaned sooner rather than later, as microbial growth can only get worse from there. An inspection by an HVAC specialist can determine if your AC needs a tune up or perhaps a deep clean which can be done at the same time. One effective method is by using a parts safe chemical cleaners to get rid of any unwanted microbial growth.
Most of the Time, You’ll Notice
Many of these signs are easily observed when you pay attention to your air conditioner’s performance. If you notice one or multiple signs, it would be best to call an HVAC specialist to check on the status of your system.
Leaving the problem undiagnosed can result in more damage, ultimately meaning more expenses in the long run. With regular maintenance and professional servicing, you can rest assured that you’ll get the most out of your AC’s lifespan.
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