Spring is usually the time when warmer temperatures begin to crowd out the cooler ones, and you find yourself running your home air conditioner more and more often. Soon enough, summer will be upon us, and when we experience one of our patent heat waves, you’re going to need your air conditioner to function all day, every day if necessary. Spotting the signs of trouble now allows you to get in front of any serious problems that may be brewing.
ANYTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY
You should never try to formally diagnose your air conditioner. Only trained and licensed technicians can perform a proper analysis of the problem. That doesn’t mean you can spot the common sings of something out of the ordinary. Running the air conditioner on a regular basis will instill in you a subconscious familiarity with the sounds it makes and other features (like the speed of blowing air) that indicate it’s running as it should. If those signs change for any reason, you’ll likely notice them. They can include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Higher Bills. Higher bills are a very subtle indicator that something is wrong. But a malfunctioning component may not show any overt signs of a problem, even as it consumes increasing amounts of energy to do its job. A sudden, unexpected spike in your monthly energy bills could be signs of a problem.
- Warmer Air. If your air conditioner blows warm or lukewarm air from your ducts, you likely know there’s a problem. But it’s no less true if the air is cold, just not as cold as you’d expect. Leaky refrigerant and dirty components can reduce the system’s cooling power, while overheating components might be warming the very air they’re supposed to help cool. Even breaches in the ducts could be a culprit: pulling warm, unconditioned air in from outside the system
- Lower Air Flow. Similarly, a clog in the filter or a problem with the fan motor can slow the air from your vents, which causes the same trouble as warmer air does: it will force the air conditioner to spend more energy than it should to cool your home. That will raise your monthly bills accordingly, as well as putting further strain on the system and elevating the chances of a more serious breakdown.
- Strange Noises. Most air conditioners make distinctive noises when they run, but those noises can contain unexpected elements when there’s a problem. For instance, a bent fan might make a buzzing sounds as it scrapes against the sides of another component, while breaches in the ducts might create hums or whistles. In many cases, these noises will start and stop with the starting and stopping of the air conditioner.
If you spot these symptoms, or signs of any other trouble, shut the system off and call for repairs immediately. Doing so can help mitigate the damage and ensure that the repairs cost less than they otherwise might.
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