9 Warning Signs You Need AC Maintenance

Man performing ac Maintenance on a ductless mini split ac

Customers request our AC maintenance services for a variety of reasons. Whether your air conditioner is breaking down or is barely showing any warning signs, it is important to schedule AC maintenance as soon as possible. By working with HVAC professionals, we can accurately identify issues, big and small, and get your AC back to working as it should. Knowing the signs that your unit needs AC maintenance could save you plenty of time and money in the end. We’re here to help you recognize the signs to avoid major repairs and even replacements. 

Odd Noises 

It is normal for your air conditioner to produce that white noise it makes when it is blowing out air. What is not normal are loud, unusual noises such as grinding, squealing, or scraping. Often, your AC makes these noises as a result of a misplaced belt inside the unit. As soon as you notice the noises, call an HVAC professional. 

Your AC Is Blowing Warm Air

There could be several reasons why your AC is not emitting cool air. This can be tied to a leak, which is very dangerous to be dealing with. The refrigerant in your HVAC could be poisonous, so you should always contact a professional to take care of this. In less serious scenarios, there could be a moisture leak, such as water coming from a blocked or broken tube. 

Very Little Air Comes Out 

If it’s not warm air, then it’s very little cool air. This issue is different from an AC that only blows out warm air. Your AC could be blowing out cool air, but the airflow may be weak, unable to travel throughout your home. As you may already know, residue buildup is often the cause of this problem. The dirtier your AC gets, the more clogged it becomes. Ultimately, this leads to weakened airflow. 

Strange Odors 

Do you notice any strange odors in your home, but you don’t know where they are coming from? The chances that your AC is producing these strange smells are very likely. Most people who deal with strange odors caused by an AC describe them as “musty” smells. These odors are often caused by: 

  • Mold
  • Bacterial growth 
  • Dead bugs or rodents. 

Whatever it may be, an HVAC professional should be called in right away to inspect your AC. 

Your AC Turns On and Off

Another issue that people have experienced is an AC turning on and off in very frequent cycles. While you may not know exactly how much time your AC takes between cycles, you should have a general idea of how it works. Known as short-cycling, this causes your AC to run for shorter periods, turning on after a few minutes of being off. Make sure that all doors and windows are closed shut tight to ensure that no air is escaping. This can cause your AC to short cycle if too much air is escaping. 

Your Allergies Are Acting Up 

If your allergies worsen during specific teams each year, it is your responsibility as a homeowner to replace or clean your HVAC regularly. If not, this could aggravate allergies. Poorly maintained HVAC units will only lead to poor indoor air quality. While your air may keep you cool, it is only circulating pollutants and dust, triggering allergies and respiratory problems. 

Too Much Humidity in Your Home 

Your AC should work to keep humidity to a minimum in your home. It should not feel more humid than it does cool in your home when you have the AC on. Regardless of climates where humidity is high, your AC should be able to maintain a small amount of moisture in your home. If you are noticing more humidity than normal, your unit may very well need repairs. 

You Have to Reset the Breakers for Your AC Often 

It is not normal to have to reset the breakers for your AC constantly. Truth be told, it is not normal to be doing that for any appliances or rooms in your home. Frequently resetting tripped breakers is usually an electrical issue. Because of this, you should be getting emergency AC repairs done. 

A Faulty Thermostat 

Sometimes, the problem isn’t lying in your AC. The problem could very well be your thermostat. Thermostats, just like ACs, can begin to malfunction. If your thermostat does not match the air your AC emits, calling an HVAC professional can also assist in these situations! A professional can also make sure that there are no problems with the AC itself. 

Get Your AC in the Perfect Condition for the Summer 

Whatever issues you find with your AC, our HVAC professionals are always ready to assist. By working with us, get your AC working right in time to fight the summer heat! Call us at (239) 731-5545 to make an appointment for AC maintenance today.