Did you know that Florida ranked number one as the state most likely to need an AC repair in 2020? Florida was also first in 2019 with more homeowners reporting AC repairs than any other state in the country.
So, if you’re maintaining an AC unit in Florida, it isn’t unlikely that you’re going to need some service done. What are some common signs that you’re in need of repair, though? Luckily, we’re here to help you out.
Read on to learn about seven of the most common signs you’re in need of AC repair.
1. Warm Air Blowing From Vents
When your air conditioner is functioning properly, you’re going to know it. You’ll feel a stream of cool air, and you’ll notice it in the way your space feels. If your vents aren’t blowing cold air properly, though, then there might be something more wrong.
It could point to blocked airflow in your AC system or even a faulty compressor. You can start by checking your thermostat and the breaker that connects to your outdoor unit to ensure there’s nothing wrong there, like improper settings or power being shut off to the unit.
If that’s not the case, though, then the next best step is to call in a professional so the problem can be dealt with.
2. Unpleasant Smells
Next, how’s the air in your home smelling?
If you’re noticing foul smells coming from your vents or the unit itself, you’re likely in need of a tune-up or professional cleaning. You can avoid this problem with routine maintenance and yearly checkups to ensure everything is running smoothly.
This is also a great time to have your ductwork looked at, as this can be the potential cause for the odor. If that’s the case, then it might be time to have those cleaned or replaced.
3. Thermostat Malfunctioning
We’ve talked about malfunctioning thermostats, but sometimes the problem is bigger than you might’ve originally known. Maybe the temperature no longer matches the one in the room, or the AC isn’t coming on when you set it to. You might also be experiencing the AC running for small amounts of time before shutting off.
This could mean the thermostat isn’t correctly determining whether the system is operating or not. You should call in a professional to have the problem solved before it leads to bigger problems.
4. Problems Occur Frequently
If your unit has needed a lot of repairs in the last few months, it might be time to replace your unit altogether. Eventually, you’re going to start spending more to repair your old one than you would on a brand new one.
With a new unit, you no longer have to worry about repairs. You’re also likely to be under warranty, so the contractor who installed your unit is going to be the one dealing with any problems that come up.
5. Water Leaks Around Unit
If you notice moisture in or around your AC unit, that points to problems. If the liquid is freon, it’s important to contact a professional immediately, as this substance is poisonous and best handled by a professional.
However, in many other cases, the leak is likely to be water from a broken or blocked tube that usually gets rid of condensation. You may notice the problem in more than one way, so you’ll have to pay attention if you notice it happening.
Most of the time, you’re going to notice water simply leaking from the HVAC system. Other times, you might notice ice developing inside the unit on the copper refrigerant lines located outside the condenser.
No matter what, if you notice leaks or condensation popping up in places it doesn’t belong, you should call a professional to examine the problem.
6. High Energy Bills
Another big indication of your HVAC unit having problems is a rising energy bill. Now, fluctuations each month are normal, but if you’re seeing a difference of several hundred dollars from month to month, then it’s time to have your HVAC unit checked out.
There could be a few things causing the problem, one of them being a broken thermostat switch, or simply having an old AC unit. More commonly, though, you have leaks in your ductwork, or you need to replace your AC filter.
Neglecting to replace your air filter can result in major consequences, like mold spores lingering in your home causing allergy flareups or respiratory infections.
In either case, your AC unit is going to be working twice as hard to push air through the vents into your home, and it’s going to run twice as long in an attempt to cool the space down enough.
If it’s an old air filter, you can try replacing it to see if your bill goes down. If that’s not the case, though, you’ll want to call in a professional.
7. Uneven Temperatures Throughout Your Home
If parts of your home are warmer than others, that could mean an issue with your insulation, or that your AC unit needs to be fixed.
First, you want to make sure the vents in your different rooms aren’t closed. If you don’t notice this problem, then it could mean you have kinked or crushed supply ducts, pointing to the need for ductwork to be done.
Are You in Need of AC Repair?
If any of these problems keep occurring within your unit, it might be time for AC repair. No matter what’s happening within your unit, trusting it to the professionals is a great way to guarantee a long life for it. You’ll also know that repairs are being done correctly the first time around, so you’ll end up saving money on repairs you might’ve attempted yourself and made mistakes on.
Contact us for a quote today.