Most AC systems give off warning signs when there is a problem. Once you know what those signs are, you can call a professional for a tune up. Left unchecked many warning signs can turn into an expensive break down. Most AC units break down during the coldest days of the year when the system is working its hardest. Homeowners are in the best position to detect a problem. They are accustomed to their units particular sights, sounds and smells. Anything out of the ordinary is an indication your unit may need tuned up.
Airflow is vital to cooling your home. If a reduction in airflow from the vents is detected you may have a blockage in the ductwork or clogged filters. A change in the air temperature coming from your vents is the easiest to spot but can be caused from a variety of problems. Low refrigerant, the thermostat or an issue with the air compressor is usually the culprit. Water that starts collecting near the unit is an indication of a blocked or broken drainpipe. If ice forms on the coils, they may be dirty or your refrigerant may be low.
Strange smells coming from the unit or the vents is another warning sign. Smells can originate from a mold invasion, burned wires or burned insulation. It is possible a motorized part in your unit has burned out. However, if this occurs, your unit will most likely quit working. Sound is an important factor. Anytime your AC system sounds differently something has caused the change. It may be broken parts, loose fittings, loose ductwork or a number of other issues.
When a unit runs too often, too seldom or there is an unexplained rise in utility costs the AC unit may be at fault. Manufacturers make air conditioning units meant for long-term use, but eventually a problem will develop. Calling a HVAC technician when you first notice a change in its operation will save you money and further extend the life of the unit. The ideal time to call a technician is before any changes occur at all.
Is the AC unit in your Tampa home in need of a tune up? Call Air Rescue at 888-638-3792 and schedule a service call today!