Six Signs Your AC Unit May Be Broken

There are obvious ways to know that your air conditioning unit is broken—for starters, when your house gets unbearably hot in the summertime no matter how low you crank the temperature. But there are some other less obvious tells that you should be aware of to ensure that your AC unit is working properly.

Unusual Sounds or Smells

A strong, pungent smell may mean that your unit’s wire insulation is burned and needs to be replaced. Musty smells, on the other hand, indicate mold, which is a health hazard for you and your family. Most AC units are quiet, so if you notice sounds such as grinding, squealing, or grating, it’s a good heads up that there’s an issue to investigate.

Moisture Near Your System

Moisture or leaks around your unit should be addressed as quickly as possible so as not to turn into a larger problem. Usually, moisture is caused by a blocked drain tube that results in condensation. If not taken care of, it can lead to mold growth.

Blowing Hot Air

Obviously, this is the opposite of what you want your AC unit to be doing, especially during peak summertime! This may indicate a broken compressor or a refrigerant leak, both of which are easily and affordably fixable.

High Humidity Levels

If your home starts to feel sticky or there’s water pooling around your windows, there’s definitely a problem with your AC unit. This can be fixed with a quick recalibration or a whole-house dehumidifier.

Frequent Cycles

Even during the hottest days of summer, your AC unit should run at steady intervals. If you notice that the unit is starting and stopping more than usual, a quick tune-in up, or even a new unit, may be necessary.

Poor Air Flow

A clogged air filter, a broken motor, or other sources of blockage may prevent air from moving efficiently throughout your home. There are a number of ways you can properly fix this issue.

If you’ve experienced one or more of these issues or think your AC might not be working at its best, request a service online or call us 24/7 for a scheduled or emergency same-day service at 919-755-1957!