Have you been wondering if your AC unit is on its way out, or maybe it just needs looked at? You’re not alone. There are quite a few different things that typically happen when air conditioning units start to fail. Like most of us, you probably want to make sure you’re ahead of the game and don’t get stuck in 90-degree weather waiting for a replacement or fix.
Here are some of the most common issues with AC units, and signs that you need to call a professional:
- Moisture Leaks
One of the most obvious, moisture leaking around the unit. This could be freon or water, and does not necessarily mean the unit is kaput, but it is especially important that it’s looked at by a professional immediately. Especially if it is freon, as it is highly toxic.
- High Electric Bills
Most families during the warmer months may experience a hike in their electric bill. A small spike is common, and completely normal. If your bill and energy usage has gone up significantly though, it’s a good idea to have your AC unit inspected. There are a few potential causes for this, anything from a broken thermostat switch to the unit just being incredibly old and using far more energy than it should.
- Bad Smells
A strong smell coming from your AC unit is the most obvious, as AC units should not produce odors. If your unit is producing a foul odor, think ‘musty’ or ‘burning,’ then a professional should come look it over as soon as possible. While you may not need a complete replacement air conditioner, these smells do indicate issues such as mold in the ductwork, or even failing/burning wiring.
- High Humidity
Remarkably high humidity in the home is a common theme among air conditioners not working as they should. AC units work by both cooling the surrounding air and pulling out wet/humid air. If there is a significant amount of humidity in your home, it’s likely the unit is not working and will need repaired.
- Constantly Kicking On and Off
It’s common, especially during the hottest days of summer, for the AC to kick on more often. If your unit is coming on and turning off repeatedly, and more often than normal, it’s likely in need of repair or a tune up.
If you’ve been experiencing any of these or other issues with your air conditioning unit, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced technicians.