The countdown to spring has begun, and now’s the time to start thinking about getting your house summer-ready. A major clean-up is always a good idea. Spring-cleaning is the perfect opportunity to get rid of all the unnecessary stuff you’ve collected over the winter. You could also breathe new life into your home with some easy (and affordable) redecorating ideas. And then there’s your air conditioner. The colder months are the perfect opportunity to have a new unit installed or upgrade to one that’s more energy-efficient. It’s also an excellent time to check if yours needs to be repaired or possibly replaced.
6 Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Repairing
An AC that needs to be repaired won’t only increase your energy bill, it could also affect your health, and even be a potential fire hazard. Look out for any of the following signs. It’s your air conditioner’s way of telling you it needs to be repaired.
1. It Starts Making Strange Noises
For the most part, your air conditioner should run quietly, with only a soft humming from the motor. If you hear any strange or unusual noises, including grating, squeaking, squealing or grinding, it’s worth calling the experts in to take a look. The sooner you do this, the more chance you have of repairing it rather than having to replace the entire system.
2. You Notice Unusual Smells
In the same way you shouldn’t be hearing any odd sounds from your AC, you also shouldn’t be picking up any odors. Different smells indicate different issues, and some are more serious than others. A burning smell means that there’s a problem with the wiring, while a musty or moldy odor is a sign of a mold buildup, and both are particularly dangerous for your family.
3. It’s Blowing Warm Air
A sure sign that something is very wrong with your air conditioner is when you notice there’s less airflow, or it starts blowing warm air. Both issues are as a result of the compressor failing, which means it needs to be repaired as soon as possible or replaced.
4. You Notice Its Leaking Water
If you notice that your air conditioner is leaking, it’s usually a sign that there’s a problem with the cooling system. You must get an expert to take a look quickly to prevent further damage to your unit, or even worse, structural damage to your home.
5. Your Energy Bill Is High
It’s not only the temperature that’s going to be rising when you’ve got a broken AC, your energy bill will too. A sudden dent in your pocket is a definite sign your unit needs to be checked by an expert.
6. It Suddenly Has a Mind of Its Own
If your AC is switching on and off on its own, you might want to call an air conditioning repair specialist before you call the local ghost hunting office. An air conditioner that suddenly has a mind of its own is usually in need of a service.
Remembering to have your AC checked every year can be a pain and something you don’t want to have to worry about. It’s worth speaking to your service supplier about adding you to their annual clean-up and repair schedule.