Projections say that summer In the United States this 2021 will be one for the books. Last year, we dealt with some record-breaking drought and heat in many areas of the U.S., and experts suggest we might be in for a repeat performance this year. This is why our home’s cooling systems need to be ready, and now is the best time to stay on top of their performance to ensure they work as well as they should when June rolls around.
Here are the signs that your air conditioning unit needs servicing and maintenance:
Your AC unit blows out warm air
If there is warm air being blown out of your home’s vents, make sure to inspect the thermostat immediately. Check if it’s switched to cooling mode and if it’s not, make sure it is. Lower your entire home’s current temperature. If you find that the vents still let out warm air, there might be a compressor issue or airflow restrictions in your HVAC systems.
Your AC unit makes strange noises
While AC units do often make specific noises, they should only be low-level whenever they’re turned on and off. But extremely loud, disruptive, strange, and sudden noises can be a sign that your home’s cooling system has issues that need addressing. Here are some types of sounds you need to watch out for:
• Buzzing or rattling sounds may indicate that there is a part that’s loose in the machine
• Grinding and whistling sounds can indicate that the problem is more serious
Often, these sounds don’t just go away on their own. It’s best to consult with AC specialists and professionals to ensure that the root cause will be addressed, and not just the symptoms. Your unit might need a refrigeration scroll compressor, which can helpwhich are more efficient than standards compressors and can help your unit be quieter. It can help save you energy and can help your AC unit last longer, too.
Your AC unit has poor airflow
Poor or insufficient airflow means there might be something blocking air from doing what it needs to do in your home’s ductwork. Some of these issues may include a malfunctioning motor or a clogged air filter, and it also may indicate a more serious issue. When there is insufficient airflow, your AC specialist might be able to recommend some tools to remedy the problem. These tools include an energy-recovery ventilator, which can help enhance your AC unit by replacing stale air with clean air whenever your home’s cooling system cycles. Zoning systems may also be advantageous for your AC unit since they can give you the cooling power you need every time you start your AC up.
Your AC unit dispels unpleasant odors
Observe if your AC unit lets out a strange smell, like mildew or mold, which is the most common smell that can be toxic for your home’s occupants. This happens when your AC unit has a lot of condensation within and the moisture inside does not drain as well as it should. The leaks go into the ducts and eventually create mold. Mold or mildew does not have a particularly strong smell, but it can be described as musty, like rotten wood or wet socks.
Your AC unit has water leaks
As previously mentioned, AC units produce condensation while operating since it depends on refrigerants to provide cool air to your home. However, there should not be any leaks and those liquids should not accumulate or be felt in your home. When water pools in your home due to your AC, that is a critical sign that there is a component in the machine that’s not running as it should. Any form of water leaks can be harmful to your home and may cause structural problems in the long run.
• If your AC unit cycles on and off constantly, it might be a sign of a problem. Contact your AC experts for a quick tune-up, or to know if your unit needs to be replaced ASAP.
• If your home maintains high humidity even with the AC on, it means that the AC is not doing its job of neutralizing the humidity levels in your home. This may be a sign that your AC needs servicing or repair.
Better Safe Than Sorry
The last thing you want is a faulty cooling system when summer rolls around. You don’t even need to wait for a problem to arise; you can just consult with an expert to ensure that everything is working as it should, or to have your AC cleaned since that should be done regularly anyway. With the right HVAC and AC maintenance, your summer need not be unbearable.