Common Home Cooling Problems

Excerpt: Air conditioning problems can leave you feeling uncomfortable on the hottest summer days. Knowing how to identify A/C problems is the first step in solving them—check out this article to learn more.

With proper care, your air conditioner will deliver more than a decade of effective home cooling. When problems do occur, prompt repairs will prevent increased home energy bills or reduced indoor comfort during the hottest months of the year. Learning how to identify the most common home cooling problems will give you the information you need, to know when it’s time to call in your cooling professional and what you can expect during an HVAC service.

Frequent Cycling

If your air conditioner seems to be turning on and off frequently, one of two common reasons may be at fault. First, your thermostat may be positioned near a source of cold air, such as an air register, or a window that allows direct sunlight to hit the unit; both of these factors will cause the temperature near the thermostat to change quickly. In this case, your HVAC service can easily relocate your thermostat to a more termperature-stable area of your home for an accurate reading. Second, your air conditioner may not be properly sized for your home. An air conditioning system that is either too small or too large for your home’s area won’t cool your indoor space effectively, resulting in more frequent activation in an attempt to maintain the desired temperature.

Strange Noises

Strange noises emanating from your air conditioner typically signal loose or worn parts affecting its function. While no air conditioner is truly silent, any noise that seems excessive when the A/C is running is cause to call your HVAC service. Rattling or banging may indicate a problem with the unit’s fan or a loose screw or other part inside the air conditioner. Screeching or squealing generally signifies a failing fan belt. Other causes of excessive noise include dust and dirt accumulation, which make your air conditioner work much harder and consume more energy to produce cooled air. Your HVAC technician will be able to identify the source of the noise quickly and let you know his proposed solution for quieter cooling.

Ineffective Cooling

There are many reasons your air conditioner may not produce air as cold as you’d like. If your air conditioner is blowing warm air, first check the air filter and replace it if it is old or clogged. Replacing your air filter allows air to flow more easily flow through your HVAC system, reducing the costs of cooling your home and improving the quality of your indoor air. You should also check the outdoor component of your air conditioner to ensure debris or foliage are not blocking airflow to the compressor and condenser. Alternatively, an air conditioner that only intermittently cools without any changes in its settings may have a refrigerant problem. Refrigerant issues should always be handled by a professional for environmental and safety reasons.

Promptly repairing A/C issues means you’ll never have to worry about a drop in home comfort due to a malfunctioning air conditioner. Our trained HVAC experts also offer regular maintenance plans to keep your heating and cooling systems operating efficiently throughout the appliance’s expected lifetime. You can find out more about our heating and cooling solutions in the Boston area when you visit us on the web, where you can also check out our latest special offers to save some extra cash.