The snow has stopped falling, the ground is thawed and the sun is out – it’s spring time, and at All Hours Plumbing, Heating & Air, that means a few things. It’s time for maintenance in a few important areas, including possible air conditioning repairs or maintenance services.
This is the perfect time of year to be checking your air conditioner for the signs that you might need some upgrades before the temperatures outside get really hot. Here are a few telltale signs that your AC needs repair, and how to recognize them.
Air Flow Issues
One of the simplest ways to spot AC issues is checking for basic air flow. One of the first signs of problems in many cases is a simple lack of air, which could be caused by blockages in ducts or issues with a compressor or blower fan. Without the right service, these issues will lead to both increased costs (the AC has to pump more air) and decreased air quality.
In addition, warm air can be a concern for some systems. This usually means the unit requires more refrigerant, but could also signal a refrigerant leak – and that’s why you call experts like us.
In many cases, weird sounds will tip you off to issues in the air conditioning system. A rattling, grinding or squealing sound could signal mechanical issues, and a need for professional service.
If you notice certain rooms receiving the proper air while others are still far too warm or cold, this could be another sign. You could also notice large differences in the raw amounts of air being shuttled into the se rooms. These might mean a basic issue with your thermostat, but if not, they could also signal circuit breaker issues.
If you smell a musty odor near the AC, or especially if you notice a sharper, foul smell, these could be signs of issues. The former can signal the presence of too much moisture in the unit, which can lead to mold and mildew. The latter can indicate burned-out wiring, which will negatively impact the unit until it’s replaced.
Want to learn more about any of our air conditioning repair services, or any other plumbing needs you may have? The experts at All Hours Plumbing, Heating & Air are standing by to assist you.