When Your Air Conditioner Won't Work

When Your Air Conditioner Won't Work

Signs Your AC Needs a Tune-Up

by Clara Fernandez

In the blistering heat of summer, our relationship with air conditioning is less of a luxury and more of a necessity. It's what keeps us sane as the mercury rises. However, like all good things, AC units need a little love and attention to keep working at peak performance. But how do you know when your trusty air conditioner is crying out for a service before it malfunctions and breaks down? Here are some telltale signs.

It's Getting Hot in Here

If you're noticing that some or all areas of your home feel warmer than usual, this could be a sign that your AC unit isn't cooling effectively. Before you jump to the conclusion that you need a replacement, a professional service might uncover issues like refrigerant leaks, faulty compressors, or even simple clogs. It could save you the cost and discomfort of a major repair.

That Darned Hum

You're probably accustomed to the gentle hum of your air conditioner in the same way that you've grown used to the ticking of a clock. But if that hum is now a growl, a bang, or a torturous scream, your AC is calling for help. Strange sounds can indicate anything from loose parts that need tightening to motor issues that can cause your system to fail.

It's Humid In Here

The main role of an AC isn't just to cool the air but also to maintain a comfortable level of humidity. If you're still sticky when you should be cool, it’s time to book a repair service. High humidity levels can be a sign of a failing system or one that's struggling to keep up with demand. Don't sweat it, though—prompt attention can often have your unit back to dehumidifying in no time.

What's That Smell?

We've all had that moment when the AC kicks on and it doesn't smell quite right. Sometimes, this may be a temporary quirk, like a foul odor from a clogged condensate line that quickly resolves. But persistent strange smells, like a musty odor that doesn't disappear or the stink of burning, can indicate mold, mildew, or even electrical issues that need addressing ASAP.

Listening to your AC and observing its performance can save you from enduring those unthinkable nights without it. Regular AC servicing is not merely about comfort; it's also a proactive measure to avoid expensive and untimely repairs. Your AC's well-being is tied to your comfort, and that's no small thing when the heat waves hit.

Contact a local company to learn more, like Aloha Air Inc.


About Me

When Your Air Conditioner Won't Work

My name is Maura, and I am certified in HVAC installation and repair. I have many clients who call me in a panic because they have turned on their air conditioners and nothing has happened. Your air conditioning technician will get to you as soon as possible, but there are some steps you can take while you are waiting. You might just find that you are able to fix the problem on your own, although you will still want to have a professional assess the situation. In this blog I will take you through some common reasons your air conditioner might not be working and show you some easy temporary solutions.