The summer season is fast approaching and temperatures are on the rise. As the days get longer, you will rely on your cooling system to keep your home comfortable. Is your air conditioning unit working hard to keep up? Perhaps it needs a little TLC to make sure it is functioning at optimal performance levels? If your AC unit doesn’t seem to be running up to par or you see any of the following warning signs, contact the experts at Hal Mechanical for a professional evaluation and repairs.
Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air
If you have begun to feel warm air blowing through your vent system, the first step is to check your thermostat to confirm it is set to the cooling mode at a temperature setting that is lower than the current temperature in your home. If your vents continue to blow warm air, this may indicate that you have a compressor issue or the airflow may be restricted.
Barely Any Air Coming Out of Vents
Inadequate airflow is one of the most common signs that your AC unit has a blockage that is prevententing air from moving through the ductwork. A broken motor or a dirty, clogged air filter are both potential causes of insufficient airflow.
Short Cycling AC
When your AC unit is working correctly, it will process through regular cooling cycles, which should happen much more often during the hottest months of summer. That being said, it shouldn’t continuously cycle on and off, and if you notice the cycles are more frequent than usual, contact the experts at Hal Mechanical to schedule a comprehensive AC tune-up.
High Humidity Level
During the spring and summer months, you can expect the weather outside to be hot and humid. Experiencing humidity inside your home is certainly not ideal. Your AC unit is designed to adjust humidity levels automatically. If your cooling system fails to keep the humidity at a comfortable level, your AC unit will need to be re-calibrated. Now is also an excellent time to consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier.
Leaking Air Conditioner
Your air conditioning unit relies on the refrigerant to ensure your home is kept cool. As your AC unit operates, it will produce some condensation. While condensation is expected, it should never accumulate to the point where it leaks into your home. Any water around your AC unit is a sign that your cooling system isn’t operating correctly. Leaks can quickly lead to severe problems and cause substantial damage to your home, possibly even structural damage. Water leaks should be addressed immediately by your Hal Mechanical heating and cooling professional.
Musty Smell from Air Conditioner
If you notice a nasty smell and suspect that the odor is coming from your HVAC unit, you should arrange for a diagnostic visit and professional cleaning and tune-up before the problem gets worse. Microbial growth in your air conditioning unit or a dirty duct system can cause unpleasant odors.
Noisy Air Conditioner
Most heating and air units make noise during the process of startup and shut down, but if you are hearing loud clanging noises or anything else unusual, these noises could indicate a severe issue with your cooling system. For example, noises that sound like buzzing or rattling may indicate a loose component, while a grinding noise typically indicates something more severe in nature. Either way, unusual noises should be addressed with your Hal Mechanicalair conditioning expert immediately.