Air conditioners are incredibly useful and convenient appliances for the home. That is, when they work properly. They freshen and cool the air in your home, which is especially helpful when the humidity and temperature is high. However, when they are not working properly, they can become a very costly nuisance.
If you are new to air conditioners or just not very knowledgeable about them, you may not be able to spot issues with yours until it’s too late. How then do you know when your air conditioning unit has a problem and needs repairs carried out on it? There are warning signs that air con systems provide that tells you something’s not quite right with them.
To help keep an eye out for these, we are going to discuss some of the most common signs that suggest you need to repair your air conditioner as soon as possible.
It’s Making Strange Noises
Your air conditioning unit should operate while making very little noise. Although there will be some sounds from the unit’s motor, there shouldn’t be any grating, squealing or grinding. The quicker you sort these kinds of issues out the better. You will find that often this kind of problem can be sorted without needing to completely replace the whole air con system.
The Unit is Blowing Out Hot Air
Obviously, you want an air conditioner that will provide you with fresh, clean and cooled air. If it starts pumping out hot air then, this is a sign that something’s not right. In many cases it could indicate that the unit’s compressor is broken. If the compressor is fine though, it could mean that the refrigerant is leaking. The good news is that neither are hard to fix, and the repairs could cost a lot less than you probably think. The downside is that you will need to sort these problems before using your air conditioner again.
Higher Levels of Humidity
Obviously, a primary function of your air conditioner is to extract excess humidity from your home. If it is not doing this properly and notice a stick feeling in the air or water around the windows, there’s a strong possibility that your air con unit is not functioning properly.
It’s Producing Strange Smells
No bad smells are good news and if there are some strange and unusual smells coming from your air con unit, it could mean that the wire insulation in the unit has been burned and needs a replacement. Whereas a mustier smell indicates that mould is being allowed to spread, suggesting your AC is not functioning properly.
Moisture Leaking from Your AC System
If you notice leaks or moisture in or around your air con unit, you are right to be concerned as you have a problem that needs fixed. Often though, this is a relatively minor fault, like the drain tube that guides the condensation away from the AC has been blocked. Although it is not an emergency, it is best to get it fixed as soon as possible to avoid the growth and spread of mould. Moisture may also be caused by refrigerant leaking. This is a more serious issue and needs to be addressed with the help of air conditioning specialists as quickly as possible.
In any of the situations above, it is best if you hire a professional AC repair firm, such as ADK.co.uk , based and serving the Wimbledon and wider area of London, rather than doing it yourself. Although you may feel confident in your abilities, if you are not careful you could injure yourself or damage the system.