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Common Warning Signs That Suggest Your AC May Breakdown

When temperature and humidity levels get high in Tallahassee, the last thing a homeowner wants to experience is the loss of their air conditioning due to a malfunction. We’re so used to the crisp, fresh air of our AC systems that the damp, warm air that ensues after a breakdown feels incredibly stifling and makes the interior of one’s home almost unbearable.

While an air conditioning unit can breakdown at any time, most AC-related problems emerge slowly with symptoms that suggest something is wrong. While your AC system cannot tell you, “Daddy, I’m sick,” the symptoms of an emerging breakdown should be treated as a warning that it’s time to call the AC doctor. By taking timely action to resolve any emerging AC symptoms, you can avert a complete breakdown. You’ll also avoid what will likely be much higher repair or replacement costs.

With over 50 years of air conditioning experience in the north-central Florida area, the AC technicians at Tallahassee’s Air Control Heating and Cooling know all the warning signs of a failing AC system. If you notice any of the following warning signs that indicate your air conditioner is having mechanical problems, we trust that you’ll call us for the best in expert service and repairs.

Grinding, Rattling, or Other Strange Noises When System Powers On

If you hear grinding, rattling, clanking, screeching, grating, whistling, or other strange noises when your air conditioning powers on, it’s time to call us. It might be a simple lubrication or slipped belt problem, but it could also indicate worn bearings. Whatever the case, such noises represent symptoms that should not be ignored. The emerging issue will likely only worsen and probably lead to additional problems for your AC system.

Running Nonstop Can Mean a Breakdown

When your air conditioner tends to keep running long after it powers up to meet your temperature setting, it can be symptomatic of any number of issues. Continuous running usually results from multiple factors, including:

  • Dirty air filter
  • Undersized AC unit
  • Clogged ductwork
  • Nearing the end of its lifespan

Inconsistent Cooling Between Rooms

When your AC system starts having trouble pushing cold air into all of the rooms it was initially installed for, it’s a sure warning that its efficiency has been compromised. As with many warning symptoms, this problem can arise for various reasons. Have a professional technician check this as soon as possible.

Any Signs of Leaks or Water Puddles Near the Unit

Water condensation on your AC unit’s evaporator coil is normal. Signs of leaks or puddle formation around the unit are not! Leaks and puddle formation are often from loose hose connections, blocked drain lines, and faulty seals. Any leakage within the unit might cause additional problems, and leakage can also cause damage to your home. Thus, always have a professional check this symptom.

Air Quality Issues

Whether you smell odd odors, or your once fresh-smelling AC air seems to have turned musty, you’ve got a problem. The fix could prove to be as easy as cleaning the ductwork. However, strange smells could also suggest problems with the compressor, capacitor, or wiring. Note that strong odors around your outside unit may indicate a problem, too.

Complete Lack of Cool Air or Blowing Hot Air

When your air conditioner quits pumping out cool air no matter how low you set the thermostat, you know you’ve got a problem that you can’t ignore. This symptom usually results from a problem with refrigerant levels or a faulty compressor. Other causes include clogged filters, clogged expansion valve, or an electrical problem related to your electrical panel or thermostat. With older systems that experience frequent breakdowns, this might be a siren call that it’s time to upgrade your system.

Excessive Energy Bill Charges

If your energy bills seem excessive compared to historical billing records for that time of year, it might be a sign that your AC system is losing efficiency and needs an inspection. Before calling for service, consider whether the increase might result from other electrical usage or a significant uptick in electric rates.

Rely on Tallahassee’s Air Control Heating and Cooling

For peace of mind beyond just reacting to potential AC warning signs, consider joining our Air Control Club. This is a cost-effective AC inspection and preventative maintenance program designed to reduce breakdowns, optimize efficiency, and extend operational lifespan. Know that most common air conditioner breakdowns are because of a lack of maintenance, which regular inspections and maintenance can easily address.

Air Control Heating and Cooling has more than a half-century of experience delivering top-level HVAC repairs, maintenance, installation, and equipment sales to our customers in the Tallahassee, Havana, Quincy, Monticello, and Crawfordville areas. For all your air conditioning needs, contact us today at (850) 562-1234.