Keeping your air conditioner in quality shape will help you stay cool and save you money in the long run. Like all mechanical devices, an air conditioner (AC) needs periodic maintenance for optimal performance.
Generally an AC specialist will receive an emergency call because their air conditioner has stopped working entirely. However, emergencies can be prevented if you know what to look for. Here are a few warning signs that your air conditioner needs serviced:
One of the most recognizable signs that your air conditioner is not working properly is that the air coming from the vents is not as cold as it used to be. Sometimes the air from the vent is not cold at all or it takes longer than usual to get the desired temperature. This could mean that your system needs major repair such as a failed compressor. It could also be a simple problem like low Freon levels. Either way, a qualified AC specialist should be called.
Air conditioning units are specially designed to run quietly and as efficiently. It is usually a sign that you air conditioner needs serviced if it is making unusual noises. If your AC grates, grinds or shrieks then you may need a replacement unit. However, a system check from an expert may reveal a simple issue like a faulty connection, a loose part or a dysfunctional motor. Regardless the reason, failure to service the air conditioner could result in an expensive breakdown or replacement.
The air flow of your air conditioner can vary depending on variables such as the age of the air filter. It is recommended that you change the filter on a regular basis to ensure maximum air flow and air quality. However, if you recently changed the air filter and there is a weak air flow then your AC probably needs serviced. Poor air flow can also cause some rooms to be cooler (or warmer) than other rooms.
Most of the time, poor air flow is associated to the blower. Weak air flow may also be caused by a failing compressor, trouble in the duct work or accumulated debris in your air conditioning vents. Restoring good air flow will keep your house proficiently cooler, give you cleaner air and extend the life of your air conditioner.
When there are strange or overwhelming odors coming from your air conditioner it typically means that the wire insulation is dysfunctional or has burned out. A musty or green like smell indicates that there is mold inside the ductwork or unit. Either way, it is advised that the air conditioner be serviced immediately, electrical type issues can be unsafe.
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