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When the temperature outside starts to get warm, you will rely on the air conditioner in your Euless, TX home to keep your home comfortable. In mid-summer, when the temperature is in the ’90s, most people spend more time in their air-conditioned homes to escape the heat. This is a perfect plan, as long as your air conditioner functions correctly.
Problems with your air conditioner can do more than make it challenging to keep your home cool. Some issues can affect your home’s air quality and can make your family sick.
If your air conditioner in your home is experiencing any of the following issues, it is best to schedule an appointment for AC repair. Waiting to make the call can cause the problem to escalate, which could result in further damage and a more expensive repair bill.
#1 Thermostat Issues
The thermostat in your home is your HVAC system’s brain, and it controls the heater and air conditioner and the temperature in the home. If your thermostat isn’t set correctly or isn’t working correctly, your air conditioner won’t either, and you may need to schedule an appointment for AC repair.
Before making the call, check the thermostat to ensure it is set correctly. First, make sure the thermostat is set to the cooling mode. Next, check the fan’s setting. If the fan is “on,” it will continue running between air conditioning cycles, and you will feel warm air coming from the vents in your Euless, TX home. You should have the fan set to “auto” when the air conditioner runs. Finally, check the temperature setting on the thermostat. It needs to be warmer in your house than the setting on the thermostat for the unit to produce cold air. If the thermostat is set correctly and you think your thermostat may be faulty, call a repair professional.
There are a few signs that your thermostat isn’t doing its job.
- The thermostat is unresponsive, even after you change the batteries.
- The display on the digital screen is faded or incomplete.
- The thermostat setting doesn’t match the temperature in your home.
- The air conditioner doesn’t respond when you adjust the thermostat.
If an AC repair company will send a tech to inspect the thermostat. If they determine your thermostat has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced, you should consider your options. Thermostat technology has improved significantly over the past several years. Programmable thermostats are no longer the only type that can save money on your energy bills and make your life more convenient.
Wi-Fi thermostats can be controlled using your cell phone from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection.
Smart thermostats work with Amazon Alexa or Google Home, and when you are home, you can control the thermostat using voice commands. If you aren’t home, you can use the smart device’s app to control the air conditioner.
Being able to control your HVAC system anytime and anywhere can save a significant amount of money on your cooling costs.
#2 Warm Air Coming From the Vents
If the air coming from the vents in your Euless, TX home is warm and the thermostat is set correctly, you should call an AC repair service. A few issues can cause this problem, and you will need an HVAC tech to figure out which one is preventing the unit from producing cold air.
- Faulty thermostat: If your thermostat isn’t working correctly, your air conditioner won’t either. If the thermostat is broken, you may need to replace it.
- Dirty air filter: If the air filter is dirty, the air won’t move through the system, causing it to overheat. When the unit overheats, it will produce warm air.
- Dirty or frozen evaporator coils: The evaporator coils play an essential role in the cooling process. The coils extract the warm air from your Euless, TX home and use it to create cold air. If the coils are frozen, they can’t do their job, causing the system to produce warm air.
- Refrigerant leak: Your air conditioner needs refrigerant to produce cold air. If there is a refrigerant leak, the unit will produce warm air, trying to reach the temperature on the thermostat, and you will feel warm air coming from the vents.
- The outdoor unit lost power: Your indoor and outdoor air conditioning units work together to produce cold air and keep your home cool. If the outdoor unit loses power, the unit will produce warm air. An AC repair tech can figure out why the outdoor unit has no power so they can make the necessary repair.
When your air conditioner produces warm air, it will be impossible for it to keep your home cool, making it challenging to keep your home cool. Because you rely so greatly on your air conditioner during the summer, it is best to schedule an appointment for AC repair right away.
#3 Restricted Airflow
Adequate airflow is essential for your air conditioner to keep your home at the desired temperature. If the airflow is reduced, the unit will need to work overtime to reach the desired temperature, which will cause your energy bills to increase. In addition, the excess strain on the unit will reduce its maximum lifespan; therefore, it is best to call an AC repair tech right away.
A few issues can restrict the airflow, including:
- Clogged air ducts: It is not uncommon for dust, dirt, and debris to accumulate in the air ducts. When too much debris is built up, it can obstruct the airflow from the vents. In addition, when the HVAC system runs, the debris will circulate in the air, affecting the air quality in your home and can cause your family to develop allergy symptoms. An AC repair company can send a tech to your home to clean the air ducts, allowing adequate airflow.
- Damaged air ducts: The air ducts allow the cool air to travel from the air conditioner to the vents throughout your home. If the air ducts are damaged, the cold air will escape before reaching the ducts, resulting in restricted airflow.
- Broken blower: The blower is designed to force the cold air from the unit through the ducts and to the vents. If the blower isn’t working correctly, the airflow will be restricted.
Restricted airflow can cause costly problems; therefore, it is best to schedule an appointment for AC repair right away.
#4 Foul Smells
The air conditioner in your Euless, TX home should produce cold, odorless air. If you smell something strange when the air conditioner is on, you should call an AC repair professional. The smell in your home can give the tech an idea of the cause.
- Mold: A moldy or musty smell often indicates mold in the air ducts. The ducts are dark, and the humidity in the home can create moisture, which is the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold in the ducts causes more than a foul smell and can make your family sick. As the unit runs, mold spores will circulate in the air, causing allergy symptoms, skin rashes, respiratory issues, and a weakened immune system. Fortunately, an AC repair tech can eradicate the mold using an antimicrobial fogger.
If there is no mold in the duct, it is likely in the air conditioner, and the tech may not be able to eradicate it. If they can’t, you will need to replace your air conditioner.
- Burning: A burning smell often indicates an electrical issue, which is a significant cause for concern. If you wait to schedule an appointment for AC repair, the problem can spark an electrical fire, putting your home and family at significant risk.
Foul smells can cause health problems and put your family at risk; therefore, you should schedule an appointment for emergency AC repair.
#5 Moisture or Fluid Pooling Around the Unit
The area around the air conditioner in your Euless, TX home should be dry. If there is moisture on the walls, floor, and on the unit, the condensate hose may be loose, disconnected, or broken. This can cause water damage and mold growth; therefore, you should have it fixed right away.
Fluid pooling around the unit is more serious. The fluid may be refrigerant, and leaking refrigerant can cause the air conditioner to produce warm air. In addition, refrigerant is toxic; therefore, it is best to call an AC repair company as soon as possible.
The tech can repair the leak and refill the refrigerant if your unit is relatively new. However, if the unit is over ten years old, you may need to replace it. Older air conditioners use R-22 refrigerant. The production of R-22 was banned in the United States on January 1, 2020, because it was deemed toxic and harmful to the environment. The tech may be able to repair the leak, but they won’t have the refrigerant to refill the unit; therefore, a replacement will be necessary.
#6 Strange Sounds
When the air conditioner in your Euless, TX home cycles, it will produce a faint clicking sound. If the unit makes any other sounds, you should schedule an appointment for AC repair. The sound the unit makes can help the tech find the cause.
- Banging: Banging indicates a loose or broken part in the unit. Waiting to call an AC repair company will result in further damage; therefore, it is best to make the call right away.
- Screeching: This sound indicates issues with the fan motor or a problem with the outdoor unit. You will need to call an AC repair company to determine which issue is causing the sound.
- Buzzing: Several issues can cause a buzzing sound, including unbalanced fan blades, issues with the outdoor unit, dirty evaporator coils, or loose components.
- Rattling: This sound often indicates dirt, leaves, or loose sticks in the outdoor unit. An HVAC tech can take the unit apart to clean out all the debris.
- High-pitched screaming: This sound indicates high pressure in the unit, which is very dangerous. You should turn off the unit immediately and call an emergency AC repair company.
Ignoring strange sounds will only make matters worse; therefore, it is best to have your air conditioner checked right away.
#7 High Humidity
Your air conditioner is designed to do more than keep your home cool. It also controls the humidity in your home. If your home is humid, you should call an HVAC tech.
In some cases, recalibrating the system will solve the problem. However, high humidity also indicates the unit has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
Why Choose One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth?
If you have issues with your air conditioner, call One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth. We have been providing HVAC service to customers in the area since 1988. Many of our customers have been loyal customers for as many as 20 years, thanks to the excellent service we provide.
Over the years, we have earned an excellent reputation in the community. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and have a 5-star rating on Google.
Our HVAC techs are professionally trained, NATE certified, licensed, and insured, and can handle any HVAC issue, regardless of how challenging the repair will be. In addition, they are required to receive ongoing training. HVAC technology is constantly evolving, and we want to be sure our techs can repair, maintain and install all HVAC systems.
We want you to feel safe when you let our techs into your home; therefore, they must pass a background check, drug test, and register with the state of Texas before they are hired.
Your comfort is our top priority; therefore, we provide emergency service. If you have an HVAC issue, we can handle it regardless of the day or time.
To schedule an appointment for AC repair or any other HVAC service, give us at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Fort Worth a call today.