It’s the middle of summer, and you’re getting ready to head out for a family vacation when — wait, what’s that sound?
Depending on its age, your heating and cooling system is designed to last an average of 10-15 years. Its lifespan can be lengthened or shortened depending on many factors — maintenance, use, dust, and more — but how do you know when a noise is just a noise versus a call for help?
4 Common Signs Your AC Needs Repairs
There are many signs your HVAC system may start to show when repairs are required. Some of the most common include:
- Frequent cycles
- Not enough cool air
- Unusual noises
- Strange odors
A cycle begins when your air conditioner starts to run to keep your home at the desired temperature. You’ve probably noticed your AC turning on and then turning itself off a short time later — this process is one cycle.
Typically, your HVAC system should be able to keep your home at your desired temperature without too much work. When you hear multiple cycles in a very short period of time, it’s a good indicator that your system is working harder than it should be to cool your home.
Turning your air conditioner on should result in cooler air. If your system pumps out warm air, or there are strange ‘dead zones’ in your home, there could be an issue with your cooling mechanism or refrigerant.
Whistling, grinding, and rattling noises all indicate an issue in your system. Some of these sounds can indicate minor problems (such as a loose part), but others could be more serious. Contact an HVAC technician to inspect your unit and help you determine the best course of action for your home.
What’s that smell? Strange smells in your system could result from dust or debris burning off in your ducts, or it could mean that your air conditioner is harboring mold. Mold and dust negatively impact your indoor air quality, but annual maintenance should help you keep your system clean throughout the year.
The Team You Can Trust
Bailey Plumbing Heating Cooling can help you with repairs, part replacements, refrigerant detection, and more! If you’re concerned about the condition of your AC, contact our team for an inspection at (800) 717-1793.