Now that the weather is heating up, your air conditioner is being used more. If your system has had its annual tune-up, it is better prepared to take on the heat and humidity we experience each summer in the Port Orange area. But there is always a chance that you might need some type of repair this season, especially if you did not have your system tuned up. Here are four common signs that you might need an A/C repair this summer.
1. A/C is Not Cooling Properly
There are several reasons why your air conditioner might not be cooling properly. One reason is that you may have forgotten to change your air filter. A dirty air filter blocks the airflow your HVAC system needs to keep up with the demand for cooled air during the summer. It could also lead to your evaporator coil freezing. Before calling for service, check your air filter to see if you should replace it. If your AC goes back to cooling properly, make sure to check your filter every month.
Changing the filter is not always the answer to getting your A/C cooling as it should. The answer could be a refrigerant leak. Your system relies on its refrigerant to cool the air in your home. Refrigerant leaks cause your air conditioner to be less efficient and will cool your home unevenly. If don’t call for an A/C repair to fix the leak and replace the lost refrigerant, you risk:
- Higher electric bills from your system running less efficiently
- Freezing of the unit’s coils
- Expensive damage to your system’s compressor
2. Your A/C Won’t Turn On
If you have ever walked into a hot home after a long day a work, you may be familiar with the panic that brings. Before calling for an A/C repair, look at your thermostat:
- Is the desired temperature set higher than it should be?
- Is the thermostat set to heat instead of cool?
- Do the batteries need to be replaced?
If your thermostat appears to be working correctly, but your air conditioner still does not turn on, check to see if its circuit breaker has tripped. Reset the breakers if they are tripped and try to turn your A/C on again. If it does not turn on, or if the circuit breakers trip again, do not try to turn it on again. There could be an electrical connection issue between the compressor, fan motor in the condenser, and blower motor that is preventing the air conditioner from turning on. Your system may be shutting down as a safety mechanism to prevent damage to your unit or a potential electrical hazard. Call for an A/C repair to prevent further damage to your system or home.
3. Strange Noises Coming from Your Air Conditioner
There are normal noises that an air conditioner makes, and then there are some that are a sign that an A/C repair is needed. In some cases, a system breakdown could be imminent. You should call to schedule a repair if you hear:
- Banging, rattling, or thumping that could be metal hitting metal involving fan blades, the blower, or motor assembly.
- Vibrations, which could be a sign of worn or loose parts.
- Clicking sounds when your air conditioner turns on or off could mean you need your relay replaced.
- Screeching from the air handler that could mean a fan belt or bearing is wearing out in the blower motor.
If you hear screeching, hissing, or whistling coming from your compressor outdoors, you should immediately turn off your air conditioner. The sound could indicate that the pressure inside the compressor is too high, which is a dangerous situation. Do not turn your air conditioner on until it has been inspected by an HVAC professional.
4. Water Leaking from Your A/C Outside
It is normal to have some water leaking from your air conditioner when it is hot, and the humidity is high. But if you have puddles next to your condenser unit or water coming out of your condensate pan, there could be different reasons for this that require a repair, including:
- Low coolant levels
- Improperly installed unit
- Cracked or rusted condensate pan
- Clogged condensate line or drain
It is important to call for service to determine the problem and then fix it before more damage happens to your unit and your home. Puddling next to your unit could damage your home’s foundation or surrounding grass or plants.
A condensate line or drain that is clogged with dirt, dust, or algae or not leveled when installed, can cause other problems. If condensation cannot drain properly from your unit, mold, mildew, and fungus can grow. These contaminants are living organisms that can produce gasses and bad odors that can get into your home and cause poor indoor air quality.
Avoid Unexpected A/C Repairs in Port Orange
It is not too late to schedule your air conditioner’s annual tune-up. This essential service will help reduce the chance that your system will break down or need an unexpected repair this summer. But remember, if you do need an A/C repair in the Port Orange area, contact East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule an appointment. We are available for all your home’s air conditioning maintenance, repairs, and installations.