If you have an air conditioning system and you want to keep it in ideal working condition, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these signs that something is wrong.
Here are five of the most common problems you might face and how you should address them if they arise.
1. A system that won’t turn off.
Does your air conditioning system turn on automatically? The thermostat should dictate whether it needs to be on or off.
However, even when the weather is hot, your system should still periodically shut off for a break to protect its mechanisms and reduce your energy bill!
The bad news is that it could indicate an issue with either your thermostat, compressor, air filters, or electrical parts.
That’s why, if your system appears to be in operation 24 hours a day, we suggest that you contact an HVAC engineer in your area.
2. A system that won’t turn on.
Are you struggling to get your air conditioner into action, even after fiddling with the thermostat? This is a frustrating problem. If you’ve invested in air-con, it’s because you want to enjoy the benefits of it!
The cause could be as simple as a tripped circuit breaker or some loose wiring, but you’ll need a professional to diagnose that.
We’d never suggest attempting any kind of wiring repairs as an amateur. This is dangerous work that requires specialist knowledge.
3. A system that sounds like it’s running but isn’t emitting air.
This can be very confusing! It definitely sounds like the system is in operation, but the air that’s being emitted isn’t cool—or perhaps there’s no air being emitted at all…
Thankfully, this shouldn’t require a complicated fix. It’s usually the result of a tripped circuit breaker or a worn blower belt.
Even better than fixing is preventing. That’s why you should schedule regular checkups to identify wear and tear-related issues and maintain your system to a high standard.
4. A system that emits hot air instead of cold.
Surely one of the most unpleasant air-con issues is when a system emits hot air even in hot temperatures.
When this occurs, it suggests one of four things: either your refrigerant levels are low, your air filter is dirty, your ducts are blocked, or your compressor is overheating.
To find out which, you’ll need an expert. Remember that it’s also important to regularly replace air filters and to schedule an annual duct cleaning service.
5. Strange sounds or smells coming from your system.
It’s understandable to panic if you notice a burning smell coming from your air-con. In that scenario, you should turn it off straight away. It’s a sign that air filters are clogged up, making the system overheat.
A musty smell, however, might mean that your home’s ducts need maintenance. Either way, you’ll require a qualified HVAC engineer to resolve the issue.
In the Salt Lake City area, the Beehive Heating and Air team is available around the clock at amazingly affordable rates.