7 Signs your air-con is sick
Below are seven common signs your air-con is sick and isn’t as well as it could be. Recognise any?
IS THE UNIT BLOWING AIR THAT DOESN’T MATCH THE TEMP SETTING?
This may be obvious, but an older unit that blows warm air when it should be cool and vice a versa is a problem. If your air-con is sick, the flow may still be regular, but if you’ve set the temp to 24 and feels more like 30, you may have a problem – inconsistent temps are a sign of and issue too. It may be something simple such as low refrigerant levels, or something big, like a damaged or failing compressor. We’d advise that you give us a call to have it checked.
AIRFLOW ISN’T AS STRONG AS IT COULD BE
If your air conditioner’s compressor is on its way out, there’s likely to be a noticeable decrease in cold air coming out of the vents. Before calling us, check the temperature setting; if its set correctly and your home or office is still too warm, you could have a problem. If your unit has been regularly serviced and is well maintained gives a call to check it out for you.
ODD NOISES AND FUNNY SMELLS SPELL TROUBLE
Air conditioning should be seen and not heard. A gentle hum is permissible, but something out of the norm should be immediately investigated. A small noise might mean it’s time for a service or the something has become loose or clogged. It happens. Banging, scraping, squealing, rattling or whirring could spell serious trouble.
Likewise, bad smells or unusual odours are a good indicator that something is amiss. Dirty ductwork, mould, mildew or good old-fashioned dust and dirt. Don’t ignore these smells. Not only could they be the sign of a failing system, but they are also bad for your health!
So, in the event of funny noises or foul smells, get in touch, and we’ll check it out for you!
LEAKS, DRIPS AND LOTS OF MOISTURE
It changes with the type of air-con you have, but a small amount of water dripping on the exterior of your external unit due to condensation is nothing out of the ordinary. A leak inside of the house or a large amount of water externally is. We’ll need to look at that for you. It goes without saying that moisture close to electronic components is dangerous – don’t try exploring where the problem is yourself. The other thing that can be leaking is refrigerant. Definitely don’t touch this yourself as it poses significant health risks. Let us identify and cause and location of any leak, we’ll then advise you on what the best course of action is.
FREQUENTLY TURNING ON AND OFF IS TURN OFF (PERMANENTLY)
Your air conditioner will cycle on and off periodically to maintain a constant temperature, and this is normal. But if you notice that it’s begun to turn on and off randomly, or seems to be struggling to switch on, or turns on and off more frequently than it probably should, you could have a malfunctioning air conditioner. Short cycles aren’t a good thing as it creates more significant wear and tear on your system, and it can break down entirely if the problem’s not diagnosed and fixed. Call us.
BIGGER AND BIGGER ELECTRICITY BILLS
This one is a big clue that your air conditioner is not well. Especially in the months when your air conditioning use is high. A sudden spike is something that needs to be looked into if there’s no apparent reason for it. If your investigations isolate your air-con as the problem, there could be a few reasons. It’s overworking due to age or poor servicing, and the inefficient unit will show up on your bill! Or it could cause one of the problems listed above. Unsure? Give us a call.
YOU SEE MORE OF US THAN YOU WANT TO?
If your air conditioner is frequently in need of repairs and the costs are beginning to mount, it might be time for a new one. On average, your air conditioner should only require cleaning and servicing twice a year to keep it running in optimal condition. Every now and again, something breaks which requires a repair. Still, this is perfectly normal. But if it seems to be need of regular maintenance, it may have become uneconomical to keep it. A new one is the way to go! To determine if it’s not worth keeping, you need to know what the residual price is. Do this by dividing the purchase price by the expected lifespan of the unit (do some research, don’t guess or go by what ‘you think’). The amount you get is the yearly price. Multiply this by the number of years you expect the unit to last. If the cost of repairs is higher than this amount, get a new air conditioner.
IS ANYTHING IN OUR LIST FAMILIAR?
If there’s something in this list that you recognise, don’t leave it. Get us around to have a look. We’ll be able to diagnose the problem and provide you with the right course of action. Give us a call.