Common AC Problems and You Can Fix Them

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Air conditioning units are meant to last for years. However, they need to be well-maintained in order to last that long. This is easy to say, but it’s a lot harder to put into practice! Especially when you consider the heavy use of our AC systems here in Florida. If your AC dies in the middle of summer, it can be really intolerable.

In this blog, we’ll go over the AC problems we see the most often and how you may be able to repair them! We’ll start with number 1!

1. Low Airflow

Your AC isn’t doing much if it can’t send air into your home. Your home won’t get any cooler if this is the case. So how do we fix it? First, we must understand the cause. Your issue could be with a number of things. You’ll want to rule out any electrical problems. If this is the case, the issue isn’t with the air conditioner itself, but instead with the infrastructure of your own home. These things are connected, so it’s important not to get laser-focused on the air conditioner when you can’t cool your home.

We recommend checking on your circuit breaker or fuse box to see if anything is not working. If you repair your electrical problem your AC will be sure to follow!

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only cause of low airflow. It may also be a mechanical problem inside your air conditioner. An overused fan motor may stop working and you won’t have airflow. Another common cause we see is with a clogged air filter. If you haven’t changed those out in a long time, it can stifle airflow.

2. The Air Coming Out of my Vents Isn’t Cold

This can be an easy or difficult problem to solve. Let’s go over the one you can do without professional help first. It is surprisingly common for homeowners to leave their thermostat fan setting to “on” as opposed to “auto”. When this is the case, air will flow out of the vent even when your AC isn’t cooling your home actively. Just switch it to “on” and you won’t have to worry about air flowing when the AC isn’t on.

Of course, there could be an actual problem with your air conditioner as well. Unfortunately, you’ll need an experienced technician to diagnose the issue. This one teaches us a valuable lesson though: rule out the simple solution before going to the experts!

This could be a variety of other issues, but it will be tough to diagnose or fix without a professional inspection. Overall, it’s important to rule out some of the easy options before going to the pros!

3. My AC is Making Noise

Your AC is a machine. It has a lot of mechanical moving parts. This is going to cause noise no matter what. This is very commonplace, but don’t just write off any noise you hear your system make. If it’s something unexpected it may be a sign that there is something wrong with your unit. Common examples include, but aren’t limited to, loud bangs, screeching, and bumps. These are all not normal mechanical sounds for your unit to produce. These can also be signs that there is a leak or problem with your ducts, which is something that should be looked at right away.

4. My Air Conditioner Smells

Just because you can’t see a problem, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist right? We use sounds and smells to help explain potential problems with your HVAC systems. We’ve seen all kinds of AC problems produce a lot of nasty smells.

A mildewy smell may be a sign that mold is present, while rotten egg or sulfuric smells are a sign that a dead animal may be trapped in your vent.

Make sure you’re monitoring your HVAC system with your eyes, ears, and nose, so you can spot problems before they get more serious!

Need AC maintenance or repairs to get you through the hot summer? We got you covered! Give us at Cousin's Air, Inc. a call at (954) 228-5965 or fill out an online contact form.

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