You have an Unexpected Air Conditioner Repair, Now What?

An issue with your AC system may have started as the summer season has just rolled around. This can be a huge inconvenience to you and your family’s comfort. Here’s what you should know about common AC problems and potential fixes.

What’s Wrong With My AC and How Do I Fix It?

Some minor AC problems can be fixed on your own while some more major issues will need an HVAC professional. Here are some ways to fix common air conditioner problems.

Hot Air is Coming From Your Vents

Nobody wants an AC blowing hot air when they are trying to escape the heat. Luckily this common problem may be fixed quickly.
Make sure that your thermostat batteries are good and replace them if necessary. Double-check your thermostat settings and reset it if the settings seem off. If this doesn’t fix the issue, check your circuit breaker. If it has tripped, restart it by switching it on and then off.

Strange Odors and Sounds

An odd smell will sometimes come up when you turn your AC on after it hasn’t run for a long period of time. If the smell goes away quickly, this is most likely the problem. To avoid this happening make sure that your AC unit has been cleaned prior to turning it on after a dormant period. Always contact a professional if you smell gas or burning. Ignoring odd sounds from your AC can create bigger problems in the unit such as electrical malfunctions. Contact an HVAC professional for an inspection.

There’s a Leak Around the Unit

As your AC unit is cooling your home, it’s also removing moisture in the air. Leaks on the inside or outside of your air conditioning system signal that maintenance is needed. One common cause of leaks is a clogged drain.
Inspect your air conditioner and its components. The condensate pump should be removing the water on the inside and the condensate drain line should be free from clogs and blockages.

AC Isn’t Turning On

Getting your AC to turn on may be as simple as following the above steps when a unit is blowing hot air. If your AC system still does not start up after following those steps, contact a professional.

Coils are Frozen

Dirt and debris build-up can cause your coil to not receive enough air to function properly which will result in a frozen coil.
Disconnect the unit and allow the coil to defrost. Check the internal area of the air conditioner for signs of debris and dirt and clean all affected areas. This will allow the warm air to start reaching the coil again.

Unit is Cycling on and Off

If your AC system is being turned and off frequently over a short period of time, damage to the compressor and fan may be the result. This happens because the components will need to work harder every time the AC is switched back on. Acid can accumulate when this is the case so it’s best to contact a professional to examine the unit and perform a tune-up.

Weak Airflow

Weak airflow from your AC system will cause cold and hot drafts throughout your home. Usually, weak airflow is due to leaking ducts, vent blockages, low refrigerant, or dirty air filters. If you think your thermostat is faulty, recalibrate it. If you’re still experiencing weak airflow check that all vents are free from furniture and appliance blockages and that all air filters are clean or new.

Replacement or Repair: What Do You Need?

AC problems can make us think that a replacement is the next step. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re needing a repair or replacement.

Service Lifespan Has Reached its Max

There is a max service life for every AC unit. Older models last 10-12 years, while modern models tend to last 15-20 years. If you’re experiencing AC problems and your unit is older than its service life, it may be time to have a replacement.

Energy Costs

If your AC is taking up more energy and working harder to cool down a space it will cause a much higher energy bill. An HVAC professional can evaluate the state of your AC and let you know if a repair or replacement is needed.

AC Costs: Repair vs Replacement

You may be wondering if replacing your AC unit is cheaper than a repair. On average new AC systems range between $2,500-$15,000 while the average cost of a repair is much less. Repair jobs for central ACs are between $100-$650 and repairs for mini-split units range from $750-$900. The professionals at Moore Home Services can diagnose any AC issue. Call us today to schedule an appointment!