AC units are a luxury that lets you escape the scorching summer heat. However, if your system starts to act up, it can affect the efficiency and effectiveness of the system. Check out these six signs that mean you need to call an AC repair technician.
The System Shuts Off Automatically
If your system is somewhat new, it probably has an automatic shut-off switch. This switch is a safety precaution, and it will automatically turn the system off if the condensate pan or pipe is filled. If your system is shutting off when there is no liquid, it's time to schedule a repair.
It's Constantly Running
Your AC should run for a while to cool the home and then stop for a while. If your system is always running, it may mean something is wrong. Another negative sign is if your system cycles frequently. Basically, if your system comes on and off often, it may also mean that the system isn't doing its job right.
It's Costing a Fortune
This is particularly a problem if your system is consistently running or cycling, but any system that is in need of repair or maintenance is going to be less efficient and cost you more money in energy bills. Monitor your cooling expenses and make sure that your rates aren't unexplainably increasing.
It Expels Less Air
If your system suddenly blows less air than normal, it's another sign you may want to contact a repair technician. One reason your system may expel less air is because the filter or the ducts are too dirty, making it hard for air to pass through.
It Makes Strange Sounds
AC units make noise, but if you start noticing unusual sounds, something may be broken or breaking. A consistent humming is normal, but if you begin to hear squeaking, grinding or clangs, check the exterior unit for any debris that may be causing the problem. If you find nothing or the problem persists, call a tech.
Something Smells Funny
If your home suddenly starts to smell a little funky when you're using the AC, check it out quickly. One common smell complaint is a musty smell, which may indicate mold spores. Your technician will be able to determine if the system is producing too much humidity. Another possible smell is burning. This may indicate the system is overheating and may even cause a fire.
It's a lot cheaper to fix a little problem early than to replace the whole system, so if you notice one or more of these problems, it's time for a fix. For more information, contact an AC repair technician, such as one from A & E Heating and AC Inc, today.