Air conditioners sometimes stop working without warning. But oftentimes they will give you a warning that something is wrong. The same goes for your heating and ventilation equipment. It’s important to pay attention to how your HVAC system is working; professional maintenance and repairs can make all the difference. Warning signs to take seriously include:
- Hot Air
It’s never normal for hot air to blow from your air conditioner vents. It can mean refrigerant is leaking somewhere or that the compressor has failed. If the air coming from your vents is warmer than expected, try setting the thermostat lower. Call an HVAC repair professional at Absolute Airflow if this doesn’t resolve the issue.
- Restricted Airflow
If less air is blowing from your air conditioner, it may have a clogged filter or there could be a blockage in the ductwork. A motor, fan, or compressor problem can cause inadequate airflow as well. You can check for clogged filters, blocked vents, for other problems such as dirty coils. You can also have a technician check for low refrigerant levels.
- Sounds and Odors
Your ears and nose can tell you if HVAC repairs are needed. A high-pitched whistling can indicate a duct blockage or clogged filter. Rattling often means some type of hardware is damaged, while the sound of clanging metal often means fan blades are broken. If you hear buzzing or humming, the fan motor or capacitor could be failing. A musty odor can mean there’s mold, but an electrical smell can indicate faulty wiring or parts.
Air conditioners can produce condensation. But there shouldn’t be enough to cause water to leak into your home. Likewise, indoor humidity should be regulated by your air conditioner; if it is not, repairs are needed. If you notice an active leak or water pooled up near your A/C, there can be significant damage if a technician doesn’t repair it. And call a professional immediately if you notice a coolant leak—this can be extremely dangerous.
Pollen, air pollution, and low humidity aren’t the only allergy triggers. If your HVAC system isn’t working properly, a variety of contaminants can build up inside your home. Solutions range from cleaning or changing the air filter to repairing or replacing your HVAC system. Some systems filter outdoor air to reduce pollutants and mold growth while improving ventilation.
Is It Time for HVAC Repair?
These are the more obvious signs you may need HVAC repair. The next step you take is crucial, as ignoring any sign of trouble can lead to greater inconveniences and costs down the road. Not that any air conditioning problem happens at the right time.
When you contact on HVAC contractor, ask about whether they’re licensed to perform the type of repair you might need. Ask for references, the brand of equipment the company uses, and written estimates as well as how long it should take to complete the job. Also, ask about the experience of the company’s technicians.
Contact Absolute Airflow for HVAC Repairs
Absolute Airflow provides HVAC repair services in Southern California and specializes in all types of HVAC repair, service, and maintenance. Our technicians can repair all leading brands of air conditioners and are committed to the highest quality customer service. They are licensed and certified to perform thorough inspections and provide the solutions needed to restore the performance and reliability of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.