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5 Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Repair

Getting repairs done right away when your air conditioner has a problem can be the difference between a quick fix and a costly repair. Letting an AC unit struggle can even shorten the lifespan of the whole system by straining the compressor! How can you tell that it’s time for air conditioner repair? Here are some signs to keep an eye—or an ear—out for.

1: Strange Noises

Of course, an air conditioner will always make noise. What you need to pay attention to are any surprising, unusual, or sudden noises. An air conditioner should just whoosh and hum. If you hear rattling, buzzing, clicking, banging, whistling, bubbling, hissing, or anything else, it’s time to get repairs for your central air conditioning in Palm Harbor, FL.

2: Strange Smells

This is less likely than strange noises, but on occasion an AC problem does cause an odor. A sour smell might mean bacteria is growing in a clogged condensate drain. A sweet, chemical smell indicates that refrigerant is leaking from the coils somewhere. A hot or burning smell could mean that there’s a serious electrical problem that could lead to a fire! Don’t ignore odd AC odors.

3: Ice

If a layer of ice develops on the evaporator coils of your AC, your first step is to turn it off and wait for it to thaw and drip away. Clean those coils as well as the outdoor unit so they won’t be coated with dust or dirt or choked by leaf litter or lawn trimmings. But if none of this helps, and the ice builds back up when you turn the unit on again, chances are, you have a refrigerant leak. 

4: Short-Cycling

The cycles of your air conditioner are not meant to happen rapidly. There should only be a few cycles per hour. If you hear your air conditioner turning on, off, and on again within the span of a few minutes, that’s called short-cycling. Many things can cause it, but the easiest to check for is a clogged air filter. If the filter is clean and the short-cycling continues, it’s time for repair. Don’t delay, because this problem wastes a lot of electricity and strains the compressor.

5: Poor Airflow From Your Vents

If the air coming out of your vents is a listless trickle, or if there’s plenty of air but it’s simply not cool enough, you’ve got a serious issue. The air conditioner will keep running more and more in an attempt to cool your home as long as the thermostat keeps signaling that it’s too warm inside. Again, check the air filter. If you’re still not getting the cooling you need, get repairs.

Don’t Neglect Maintenance!

Remember, the best way to make sure you won’t have any of these problems is to have maintenance done on your air conditioner by a qualified professional. Annual maintenance is critical to effective, efficient operation and to ensuring that your air conditioner lasts as long as possible. If you haven’t done it yet this spring, schedule it now!

Contact us today to learn more about air conditioner repair.

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