This year alone the Lexington County area has already reported temperatures of up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. With temperatures only likely to keep trending higher and higher during the summer months, the last thing you need is to get an AC replacement.
Fortunately, we can give you some advice on the signs that you need to look out for so that you can keep your system in the best possible condition and avoid that dreaded trip to the wholesale air conditioner store.
- Warm air – The biggest and most obvious clue that your air conditioner might be on the fritz is if the air simply isn’t that cool. It may even feel warm. This is probably the clearest sign that you need a repair or an AC replacement. It is also worth keeping an eye on the flow itself. If it feels weaker than usual or smells off, then it’s likely that your compressor is failing. This is usually a sign that your air conditioner is burning insulation or that there is mold in the ductwork.
- Loud noises –Don’t be alarmed if you hear a little bit of noise when your air conditioner starts up. However, if you hear things like grinding, squealing or even a clanking sound, then it is time to get your unit checked. These sounds could be clues to several problems including, but not limited to: a loose belt, necessary lubrication or a damaged bearing in the motor. Chances are that if you are hearing sounds, then you need AC replacement.
- Unit leaks and/or too much moisture – Condensation around the unit is very common, especially in humid environments like The Lakelands. However, if you start to see an increase in leaking, or even pools of water, then it is time to contact a professional, immediately. There is a chance that the water contains a nasty chemical called refrigerant. This chemical is poisonous and potentially harmful to your family and particularly pets. Do not take any risks with leakages, contact a professional or consider checking a wholesale air conditioner store for a replacement.
Your air conditioner can be a real lifeline in the summer months, keep yours properly maintained, and keep your family cool and safe in the summer.