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7 Common Signs There Is An Issue With Your Air Conditioner

As long as your Worcester home is comfortable, you may not give much thought to your air conditioner on a daily basis. You likely just set the thermostat to your desired temperature and walk away.

It is important to give your air conditioner more thought, though; maybe not on a daily basis, but at least once a month. Once a month you should be changing the filter, cleaning the areas around your system and paying attention to any issue that may be developing. Below are some of these signs. If you notice any of them, contact Worcester HVAC for help and advice.

Strange Sounds

Strange sounds typically indicate major issues on the inside of your unit. Some of these sounds include banging, grinding, whistling, pounding These sounds may indicate that a specific part of your system or your entire system needs to be replaced. Talk to a Worcester HVAC technician to learn your options and find the best solution.

Strange Odors

Some strange smells you may notice if something goes wrong include burning smells, musty smells, or a rotting smell. Burning smells may signify something wrong with the wiring. Musty smells typically mean mold. Meanwhile, a rotting smell likely means that a rodent may have died within your air ducts. Be sure to have a Worcester HVAC technician check out these odors before they turn into more expensive fixes.

Moisture or Leaks

If you notice any puddles or leaks around your system, it may be a refrigerant leak. The refrigerant is dangerous for both humans and animals, so be sure to keep your family and pets away from the leak.

If the drain is blocked or broken, moisture can also accumulate. Don’t leave the drain like this for too long as mold may begin to develop.

No Cool Air or Poor Air Flow

No cool air or poor airflow are probably the two most obvious signs that there is an issue with your air conditioner. These issues can signify a variety of issues; some with simple fixes, others with more complicated fixes. If you have poor airflow, this could signify a blockage somewhere within your system. You may just have to change your filter or have your air ducts cleaned by Worcester HVAC.

If your system is not producing any cool air at all, it may be a problem with the compressor, the refrigerant, or the condenser. These problems are complicated to fix on your own, so it is important to hire a qualified HVAC contractor.

Low Efficiency

A lot of different factors can affect your air conditioner’s efficiency, including the same issues that affect poor air flow. When your system’s efficiency decreases, you will notice that your utility bills begin to rise.

Some other factors that affect the efficiency of your system include the size of your unit, the amount of maintenance it receives, the cleanliness of your system and even the design or layout of the system. If you want to improve your system’s efficiency you can find tips throughout our blog or you can talk to a Worcester HVAC technician.

The Thermostat Doesn’t Match the Actual Temperature

If your home doesn’t feel like it is getting any cooler, even though you keep setting it lower, you may want to check if your thermostat is working properly. Find a normal thermometer and figure out what the temperature actually is in your home. If your thermostat is more than a few degrees off, you may want to contact Worcester HVAC to inspect or adjust your thermostat.

It Won’t Turn On

Finally, one of the biggest issues you may experience is that your air conditioner won’t turn on at all. This may signify a total system shutdown and that you will need to install a new system. It may just be old and have been through too many repairs.

However, there are also more minor issues that may have caused this. These include a flipped switch, a dirty condenser, or a clogged filter. Whether your issue is minor or major, Worcester HVAC can help you find a solution so your family can be comfortable. You can contact us through our website, or by calling 610-287-HEAT.