Central air conditioners are extremely expensive appliances, but in many areas of the country, they are an absolute necessity. This means that replacements must be considered in a timely manner if your unit is reaching the end of its life. There are some things you can look for that will tip you off to the need for a replacement, so keep reading to find out what they are.
Your Unit Is Working Overtime
If your air conditioner is blowing out cool air, everything is okay, right? Well, maybe not. Before air conditioners break down completely, they often start experiencing minor issues that don't yet interfere with their ability to cool and distribute air. If you catch these early signs of a problem and call an HVAC contractor, you won't have to go without cool air. Luckily, it's easy to remember the signs as they can be summarized as the 3 S's.
When you start to notice that there are some weird smells being blown out from your home's HVAC system in conjunction with the cold air, then you have a problem somewhere. Depending on the odor that you are smelling, you could be dealing with anything from ice buildup to a fan motor overheating. Prior to contacting an HVAC contractor, though, it is a good idea to be familiar with the different types of odors that you may smell from your air conditioning unit and what they could mean.
Does your air conditioner make unpleasant noises every time you turn it on? It's still blowing out cold air, but those sounds are starting to get on your nerves. This indicates you need to call an air conditioning repair company. Here are some repairs they may have to make in order to quiet your system down.
Tighten the Fan Blades
Did you know that your air conditioner uses a huge fan to propel the cooled air through your ducts?
When purchasing a home that has previously been lived in by one or more occupants, most buyers will spend a few hours cleaning walls, floors, and fixtures as part of their moving in process. This is common, even though most sellers are careful to ensure their home is already clean when they move out.
But even the most fastidious rarely concern themselves with the one area of the home that may be secretly harboring decades of dirt, dust, and bacteria.