Many people fail to consider the importance of an AC repair service. An air conditioning unit that is not functioning at its optimum level is incredibly inconvenient; especially during the summer periods where cool air is a must. More often than not, a failing/declining AC unit starts with small signs of inefficiency that people simply end up ignoring, which ultimately ends up turning into a massive problem later down the line. To prevent this from happening, we are going to discuss the 7 signs that you need an AC unit repair service.
Unit is Failing to Cool Air Properly
If your AC unit is in operation but there is no cool air coming out of it, or it’s taking exceptionally long to cool a room, you will need to contact an AC repair service technician. There are various reasons why this problem might arise, ranging from your air conditioner having too much/too little refrigerant or your air filters being clogged up with too much dirt. Dirt, pet hair, pollen and dust are common causes of clogged filters. When they begin to accumulate, they restrict the flow of air through your AC which results in a major inefficiency to cool your indoor air.
You may sometimes see water droplets dripping from your AC unit. Firstly, it is important to note that your AC’s inside unit contains an evaporator coil that cools the warm air that is blown over it. This causes condensation to form on the coil. The moisture on the coil drips into a drain pan and down a condensate drain line that leads out your home. If the drain line gets clogged with dust, dirt, sludge or mould, this causes the water to back up into your home and will need to be unclogged thus, requiring a repair service.
Typically, your air-conditioning system should not make too much noise when in operation. Although some noise is to be expected, if you feel like there are strange sounds coming from your AC unit, then it is advised that you get it serviced and checked. Rattling sounds could indicate that there is a broken part inside or that your compressor needs a replacement. Similarly, squeaking sounds could indicate that the blower or the fan has started malfunctioning which will need to be inspected for your safety.
Thermostat Not Working Correctly
Generally speaking, your air conditioner’s thermostat is the command centre of the whole entire system. It’s job is to communicate with the AC unit, letting it know the amount of cold air it must generate. If your air conditioning unit runs for small periods of time prior to shutting itself off, or if it won’t turn on altogether, then this can be an indication that the thermostat is not functioning correctly and will need to be replaced/repaired.
If you notice that your AC unit is giving off potent, unpleasant smells, it is definitely time to contact an AC unit repair service technician. The humid, musty smell can be caused by a number of factors. For example, when the air-conditioner is not able to drain the moisture from the room properly, the residual water that is unable to be drained generally ends up being the cause of your air conditioning giving off peculiar smells. In more severe cases, if your AC system is giving off a more burning smell, this could be a cause of a faulty motor that can lead to a buildup of dust, or a lack of lubrication – both of which can lead to overheating. As such, if you are experiencing any strange smells coming from your AC unit, be sure to contact a qualified expert like the technicians here at D-Mec.
Rising or High Electric Bill
Another major indication that your AC system is in need of urgent replacement or repair is if your energy bills quickly rise up without any additional usage. The cause of this problem can vary. For example, as we have previously mentioned, a broken thermostat switch can indicate that your AC unit is operating at the incorrect times or if you have leaks in your system’s ductwork, this can mean your unit has to work harder just to cool an area of your building. Regardless of the cause, your unit will need repair and it’s best to get this sorted sooner rather than later.
AC’s Lifespan Coming to an End
If your air conditioning unit is slightly outdated, (between 5 and 9 years) it can be prone to the forces of general wear and tear or decreased efficiency as time has gone on. If this is the case, it is advised to contact an AC unit repair service to rectify any problems. It should also be mentioned that air conditioners generally last between 10-15 years so long as they are appropriately maintained but of course, this depends on a number of factors. As such, if your unit is above 10 years old, it could be an idea to invest in a totally new system altogether.
To conclude this article, we have discussed 7 signs that are useful reminders of how to quickly recognise a problem with your AC unit. If you experience any of these 7 signs, it is advised to contact a professional AC technician. Thankfully, here at D-Mec, we have incredibly skilled, fully qualified technicians that will no doubt be able to solve your air conditioning problems. If you are interested in our service, why not contact our friendly team today:
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