You are fortunate to use an AC. Once upon a time, they were a veritable luxury. Nowadays, in countries like India and in other parts of the world, ACs or air conditioners have become a necessity. Especially if you live in a hot and humid climate, an AC is a boon.
The climate you live in factors in the maintenance of any home appliance you may own. Nonetheless, in the case of an air conditioner, whether it is a window or split model, a portion of the unit remains outdoors. Consequently, humidity, moisture, and debris from the exterior of your home may affect the operation of your AC over time.
When it comes to air conditioners, repairs are part and parcel of owning them. The more regular you are with this, and provided you are clued on to any AC issues, the longer your AC will last.
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Common Signs of Problems
Being the owner of an AC, you should be able to detect any common issues that can affect your AC adversely. This can range from corrosion of metal to torn wiring. Since the outer unit of any AC is largely made up of metal and has a moderate amount of wiring, you may have to call an AC repair service for any issue.
Here are seven typical problems that any air conditioner may face:
1. Funny Sounds
You may suddenly discover that your AC makes unusual sounds, like squealing, grating, grinding, etc. These sounds may not have occurred in the past. Weird noises may indicate parts that are loose.
2. Hot Air Instead of Cold Air
The benefits of regular AC repair service cannot be stressed enough. The single most clear clue that your AC is unwell is the fact that it has ceased to provide cooling. Since an AC’s main purpose is keeping you cool, if there is no cool air coming from it, there’s a problem. There may be an issue with the AC refrigerant (it may be low) or the compressor.
3. Bad Odor
A foul odor that emanates from your AC is distressing enough without the worry that it has implications for making you ill. Burning or pungent smells can mean burnt wire insulation. Worse still is the musty hint (or outright foul scent) of mold. This may directly come from your AC vents.
4. Humidity Inside
Among the obvious signs your AC is going out is a distinct feeling of humidity inside your room. The humidity is felt primarily due to mold formation inside your AC unit. This poses a serious health risk, so call on your repair person immediately.
5. Too Much Moisture
For your AC unit, service done regularly will keep most problems at bay. Nonetheless, heightened levels of humidity around your unit are not good omens. There may be some leakage too, and if your refrigerant is seeping out, you have worries. This can be poisonous. An AC that runs without enough refrigerant liquid can also prove to be a source of damage for that AC. Water in a pool close to your AC implies a blocked or cracked drain. This can lead to the formation of mold.
6. A Rise in Power Bills
Proven signs your air conditioner needs repair are in the form of high electricity bills. You may find a gradual increase in your power bills. Since an air conditioner consumes a fair amount of power compared to other appliances, you may have an issue. Any trouble you have with your AC results in bill amounts shooting skyward.
7. Brief Cycles
You should keep a close watch on the behavior of your AC. It may randomly kick-start and then go off for a bit. Regular intervals of the compressor going on and off may not be occurring as they typically do. This means you have to call for a repair man on the double.
If you have an AC, you will find that air conditioner repairs may not be too frequent if you are disciplined about regular AC unit service. Maintaining your appliance can save you a lot of problems, both monetary and health-related. Additionally, you don’t have to bear the stress of not having your AC on when you need it in those hot summer months.
Ethan Mathew has been in the HVAC business with Mackenzie Fuels for quite a long while. He is a state-licensed heating and A/C contractor certified in the design, fabrication, layout, and installation of forced air heating/cooling systems.