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.
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 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
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
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