This year alone areas like Spanish Lakes Riverfront have reported temperatures of up to 86F. With temperatures only likely to trend upwards during the summer months, the last thing you need is to get an AC replacement because your air conditioner has failed.
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 trip to the wholesale air conditioner store.
- Warm air – The biggest and most obvious clue if that the air coming out of the unit simply isn’t particularly cool. It may even feel warm. This is the clearest sign that you need a repair or need an AC replacement. Also keep an eye out 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 if there is mold in the ductwork.
- Loud noises – It is completely normal to 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 you need to get your unit checked. This could be the result of a number of 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.
- If the unit leaks or is causing too much moisture – Don’t be alarmed if you notice condensation around the unit, this is very common, especially in humid environments and given the proximity of Port St. Lucie to the water, this should be expected. However, if you start to see an increase in leaking, or even pools of water, contact a professional immediately. This water can sometimes contain a rather nasty chemical call refrigerant. This chemical is poisonous and subsequently harmful to your family and particularly pets, who probably have a tendency to lick things. 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.