In places like central Florida, air conditioning isn’t a luxury–it’s a necessity. With temperatures staying high all year long and unexpected heat waves making an appearance even in the winter, Floridians need to ensure their AC units stay in prime condition year round. While there isn’t any way to avoid breakdowns entirely, it’s smart to act early at any sign of a problem. Addressing issues right away and ensuring major problems are addressed by a professional will save you money and sweat!
As with any mechanical piece of equipment, preventative maintenance and early detection will likely save you a bundle in the long run. Waiting for your unit to stop working entirely when you notice a small problem will likely be more time consuming and costly than a single service call. While many units–especially older ones–might seem to work a little harder when temperature soar, if your air conditioning shows any of these five signs it’s time to call a professional!
1. Clink rattle or roll
Here in Florida, our AC units take a lot of abuse. The near constant demand makes them more likely to become damaged or fail completely. It’s important to recognize that the same unit might last twice as long in a more temperate climate, which, while frustrating, is balanced out by the fact that we don’t ever have sidewalks to shovel! The constant heat does make it more important to act quickly. Not only are major repairs more expensive, but they also take longer to fix. We know from experience that waiting for a serious heat wave to get your AC fixed is a big mistake, and can even be dangerous for people who have health problems. When it comes to AC, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you notice any of the issues listed above with your unit, don’t hesitate. Call us right away!
If your AC unit starts making any unusual noise, there could be a serious mechanical problem at play. Whether it’s a belt out of place or a bearing that needs some grease, mechanical issues are serious business. We recommend shutting the unit off and calling for help immediately if you hear any squealing or grinding. Continuing to run the machine with noises like this could result in a complete replacement.
2. Weird smells
Air Conditioning should not have an odor. While many people think AC smells musty, that’s only because they’ve been exposed to air conditioner units and vents that aren’t clean and potentially have mold growing somewhere in the system. Other pungent smells could indicate a burned wire or belt on its way out. Whatever the smell is–it shouldn’t be there at all!
3. It’s not cold.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of people simply assume they need to add freon when their AC starts going lukewarm. In reality, the loss of efficiency could indicate a number of problems from a compressor failure to a serious leak. If you aren’t getting cool from your unit, call a professional right away.
4. Reduced air flow.
If you air isn’t blowing like it used to, you might have a problem with your compressor. Low air flow could also indicate that your vents have become obstructed by build up or a foreign object. Regardless of the source, It’s important that you identify the problem because both of these can be serious issues.
5. Issues with the thermostat.
Sometimes what seems like a problem with your air conditioning is simply a glitch with your thermostat. If your house is being cool efficiently in one area but not another, the thermostat might be to blame. If the temperature is continually changing, turning off all together or just generally being irregular, try resetting the thermostat. If the problem persists, call a professional for help.