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Is Your AC Trying to Tell You Something?

ac-technicianWhen your air conditioner is having problems, it can’t just call you in the room and tell you what’s wrong. If it could, we would suggest calling an exorcist. Instead, you’ll just have to figure out what your AC is trying to tell you. You can do that by learning the warning signs of some of the most common air conditioning problems.

We would recommend scheduling regular, annual maintenance for your AC, partly to prevent these warning signs from appearing in the first place. That being said, maintenance isn’t flawless, so don’t wait to call up an HVAC contractor in Richardson, TX if you’re encountering these warning signs.

Startup or Cycling Issues

These are some of the most apparent warning signs you’ll encounter, simply because they’ll be the ones that interfere most with your home’s ability to cool itself.

If your air conditioner fails to start at all, you’re most likely looking at an electrical problem or a thermostat issue. Check that the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped, and ensure that you’re using the correct program on the thermostat. If these don’t help, you’ll need a professional to come take a look.

If your AC turns on and off rapidly, it’s probably due to short cycling. If a brand-new AC is short cycling, it means that the installation was performed improperly, and it will need to be replaced. If an older AC starts short cycling, there’s a strong chance the issue can easily be fixed with a maintenance check.

Strange Noises

If your AC is making strange noises, our advice would be not to let the type of noise distract you. Almost any unusual noise from your AC is going to be a cause for concern; that much is certain. The best course of action is to turn off the unit. Noises typically indicate a loose or damaged component—letting the noise persist could cause further damage.

Some of the types of noises to be concerned about include:

  • Scraping
  • Squealing
  • Banging
  • Rattling
  • Humming

Uneven Cooling

This is something that’s more difficult to notice. If a room in the home is not capable of cooling down, we call it a “hot spot.” For homeowners unaware that this is a common problem, however, they might just call it a slight annoyance or chalk it up to their imagination.

Uneven cooling is a very real phenomenon, and there are a few potential causes for it. It could be due to issues in your ducts, a clogged air filter, or deteriorating insulation. Regardless of the cause, keep in mind that this issue can drag down your efficiency if it isn’t fixed.

Lack of Airflow

This can be a cause of uneven cooling, but it’s also its own problem that can lead to bigger repair issues. You’ll know that your airflow is lacking if you can’t feel it coming out of some or all of the air vents. Causes include things like:

  • Broken blower motors
  • Clogged air filters
  • Duct leaks

If you need help deciphering your air conditioner’s plea for help, you can count on us. Contact Earthwise Home Services today to schedule service. Because Our Planet Matters.

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