If you are a homeowner in The Woodlands, TX, you know full well how much AC units get used here. We tend to run our air conditioners 9 to 10 months a year. That is a lot of wear and tear on our units compared to say a New Yorker who only needs to run their unit a mere 3 months a year. Well before summer, our air conditioners are already taking a beating, so it is no surprise that many people here find themselves in need of AC repair. Rather than waiting for a total AC breakdown, it would help you the homeowner to know the signs that your air conditioner is in need of repairs. You see, your AC unit can be broken well before it quits running. If you catch the problem well before your entire unit suffers a total breakdown, you can save major money on repairs by catching the issue early. Let us examine the top warning signs that you are in need of AC repair.
Your AC Is Making Strange Noises
The only sound your AC unit should make if it is operating normally is a slight click as it turns on and off and the gentle whirl of cool air flowing into your home. Most times when an AC unit is failing it will start to make strange sounds that you have never heard before. Should you one day start to hear odd noises you never heard before, it could be your first sign that you need AC repair. Oftentimes strange noises will indicate a loose part, which of course means you need an HVAC technician. One sound to worry about should you hear it is a buzzing sound coming from your unit, as this can be due to a frozen ac unit, compressor malfunction, damage to your isolation foot, or a condenser fan motor issue. Other sounds to be alarmed about include banging, clanking, continued clicking noises, squealing, very loud humming, chattering, rattling, and pulsating. If your AC starts to make a “screaming” sound you should turn off your AC unit right away and make the call for a repair right away. This noise can actually indicate danger for you and your family as it can mean a refrigerant leak or very high pressure inside of your compressor. Most times your AC will have a sensor that will turn your AC unit off if this happens, but if it is still running do turn it off and make that call for assistance right away.
Your Power Bill Has Gone Up Substantially
If you suddenly are facing higher than expected power bills, it could mean that your AC unit is no longer running efficiently. An AC tune-up every year can help to prevent this, yet many homeowners in The Woodlands, TX do not maintain their AC units properly with a yearly AC tune-up. Dirty air filters can cause your AC unit to overwork itself. If you have failing parts in your unit such as a motor that is going bad or if your capacitors are shot this can cause your utility bills to skyrocket. Another cause of high utility bills with an AC unit is if your refrigerant is low or leaking, as your air conditioner will struggle to cool down your home. Basically low refrigerant causes your AC to cycle for longer periods of time. If your utility bills are climbing high suddenly your best bet is to call for AC repair.
Your AC Is Leaking
Your AC unit should never be leaking water. If you have water pooling up around your unit, or you actually see water coming from the unit, it is time for AC repair. Usually, this is due to clogged drain lines. Occasionally your drain line can become disconnected leading to an AC unit that starts to leak. Yet the problem can be more serious than this, for example, you may have frozen evaporator coils, so if your unit is leaking it is worth making that call to get your unit checked out by a professional. Every now and then we also have seen air conditioners leaking refrigerant in its liquid form, but this is not as common.
If the airflow in your home suddenly feels much lower, this is often a major clue that your air conditioner is in need of AC repair. Oftentimes reduced airflow signals an issue with your unit’s motor or the blower fan. Believe it or not, a dirty air filter can also be to blame for reduced airflow. If your blower fan is broken or failing and is not attended to further issues can result, such as a burnt-out motor or a broken motor belt. Reduced airflow is one issue you do not want to skip out on prompt AC repair.
Your AC Unit Rapidly Goes On and Off
If your AC unit is turning itself on and off way too often, this is a major sign that you are in need of AC repair. We refer to this as short cycling. This is when your AC unit can no longer perform the full cooling cycle. The causes can be as simple as a clogged air filter or an AC unit that is not sized properly for your home. More complex causes include refrigerant leaks, miscalibrated thermostats, and even a frozen evaporator coil that can cause this issue. If your air conditioner is short cycling please do yourself a favor and make that call for AC repair.
If you have any of these common air conditioner issues affecting your home in The Woodlands, TX, Mr. Reliable Heating & Air is here to help. Simply call 281-617-2234 and one of our friendly and knowledgeable service reps will answer any questions you may have as well as book you a prompt service appointment. We even offer 24/7 emergency service as we know how uncomfortable it can be when your AC unit ceases to function.
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