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When spring comes to an end, and the summer begins, you rely greatly on the air conditioner in your Arlington, TX home. Many people spend more time in their air-conditioned homes during the summer to escape the heat, which works great as long as the air conditioner in your home is functioning correctly. If there is an issue with your air conditioner, your home won’t be as cool as you like and should be repaired right away.
If your system is experiencing any of the following issues, it is best to call an AC repair company as soon as possible.
#1 The Air Coming From the Vents Is Warm
If the air conditioner in your home is functioning correctly, you should feel cold air coming from the vents. If the air is warm, you may need to call an AC repair company. This issue can occur if the thermostat isn’t set correctly. Check the thermostat setting before you make the call.
First, make sure the thermostat is set to the cooling mode. Next, ensure the fan is set to the “auto” setting. If it is set to “on,” the fan will continue blowing between cycles, resulting in warm air coming from the vents. Finally, the temperature inside needs to be warmer than the setting on the thermostat for the unit to produce cold air. If everything checks out, it is time to call a plumbing service.
A few issues can cause warm air to flow from the vents, including:
- Dirty air filter
- Frozen evaporator coil
- Issues with the compressor
- Low refrigerant
- The unit is leaking refrigerant
- No power to the outdoor unit
You will need an HVAC tech to figure out what is causing the problem to make the necessary repair.
#2 Poor Airflow
Adequate airflow from the vents is essential in keeping your home cool and comfortable. If you don’t feel a powerful rush of cold air when the air conditioner runs, you should call an AC repair company.
Restricted airflow can do more than affect the temperature in your home. If the airflow is restricted, your air conditioner will need to work harder to keep your home cool, which can cause your energy bills to increase. Also, the excess strain on the unit can reduce its maximum lifespan.
A few issues can restrict the airflow, and it is best to call an AC repair company right away.
- Clogged air ducts: When dirt, dust, and debris clog the air ducts, it can restrict the airflow and affect the air quality in your home.
- Damaged air ducts: If the ducts are damaged, the cold air will escape from the damaged area before reaching the vents.
- Faulty blower: The blower is responsible for pushing the air-conditioned air through the air ducts and to the vents. If the blower isn’t working correctly, the airflow will be restricted.
#3 Moisture or Leaks Around the Unit
The area around the air conditioner in your Arlington, TX home should always be dry. If moisture or fluid leaks around the unit, you should call an AC repair company right away.
Moisture around the unit often indicates a leak in the condensate hose. Although this issue is relatively easy to fix, it should be done immediately to prevent water damage.
Fluid leaking around the unit indicates a refrigerant leak, affecting the unit’s ability to produce cold air.
If your air conditioner is relatively new, an HVAC tech can fix the leak and refill the refrigerant. However, if you have an older unit that uses R-22 refrigerant, it will need to be replaced. On January 1, 2020, the U.S. government banned the production of R-22 because it is toxic and harmful to the environment. The HVAC tech can repair the leak but won’t be able to refill the refrigerant; therefore, you will need to replace the unit.
#4 Foul Smells When the Unit Runs
The air conditioner in your Arlington, TX home should produce odorless, cold air. If you smell something strange when the unit runs, you should call an AC repair company.
A moldy or musty smell often indicates mold in the air ducts that can be hazardous to your family’s health. If the HVAC tech finds mold in the ducts, it can be eliminated with an antimicrobial fogger. If the air ducts are clean, the mold could be in the air conditioner, which can be challenging to eradicate. If the tech can’t reach all the mold, an air conditioner replacement will be necessary.
A burning smell indicates an electrical issue, and you should turn off the unit immediately and call an AC repair company. Waiting can result in an electrical fire, putting your home and family at significant risk.
It is best to call an AC repair company as soon as you smell something strange.
#5 Strange Sounds Coming From the Unit
It is normal for your air conditioner to make a clicking sound when the unit cycles on and off. If it makes any other sounds, you should call an AC repair company. Banging, clanging, and rattling sounds indicate loose or broken parts or issues with the indoor or outdoor blower. A high-pitched screaming sound signifies high pressure in the unit, which can be very dangerous. You should turn off the unit immediately and don’t use it again until the problem has been resolved.
Why Choose One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth?
If you have an issue with your air conditioner and want to work with the best AC repair company around, call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth. We are a full-service HVAC company, serving customers in the area since 1988. Thanks to our techs’ excellent service, many of our customers have been loyal customers for as many as 30 years.
Our techs are professionally trained, and NATE certified. They are also required to pass a background check and drug test before they are hired. HVAC technology is constantly evolving; therefore, our techs are required to receive ongoing training to ensure they can work on the latest HVAC systems.
To schedule an appointment for AC repair or any other HVAC service, give us a call or schedule online.