Since AC units are outside the home, most of us don’t think about it until it goes out, or if you have to mow around it. The system quietly does its job and we live quite removed from it until that familiar hum is silenced. Then we panic fearing that we’ll melt, and with the temps in Florida during the summer, there’s a good chance we could.
That’s why it’s best to recognize a problem before it becomes a complete shutdown of your unit. Here’s what you need to keep an eye on:
Signs Your AC is Failing
The best way to spot issues with your system is to have it properly maintained. A trained AC/HVAC technician will spot concerns before they become costly problems and that’s worth the maintenance call. But if you’re not on a maintenance plan, or if it’s between check ups, there are some things to watch for.
Blowing Warm AirThis is the most obvious sign and one you can’t ignore for very long in the Sunshine State. If warm, or room temperature air, is coming out of your vents you have a problem. Even on the hottest days, when the unit may struggle to keep a home at the frigid temps you like, the air blowing out of the vents will still be cool. If it’s not, there could be a problem with the compressor or freon may be low. Your AC technician can tell you which one it is as well as add freon to your system. But since freon doesn’t evaporate, if you have a low level, there’s likely a leak or other problem causing it.
Running ConstantlyThis sign is a little difficult to assess in Florida since our AC gets quite the workout most days. However, if you notice a change in how it used to run such as running for an extended period of time or not shutting off, there’s most likely a problem. If you’re busy, you might not notice the excessive running until you get your electric bill. Then it will be hard to ignore.
Barely BlowingIf you’ve noticed a reduction of airflow, that’s a problem and may be indicative of your compressor going bad. If you’re noticing a problem only in one room or area of the home, it may not be the compressor but a problem with your ductwork instead. This happens frequently in Florida with ductwork under homes and places where critters can easily access it and make that cool dark place their new home with a couple of quick chomps or swipes of their paws.
Making Unidentified NoisesIf your AC unit is shuddering when it comes on or making strange clangs and bumps, instead of the usual soothing hum, it may be time to call a technician. Before calling, inspect the unit for any twigs or branches that could’ve become lodged inside. If you don’t see anything, call an AC company.
If your system is no longer performing up to expectations, or you would like to be part of our EZ Breezy Club for semi-annual maintenance, discounts, and priority service, contact us today.
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