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5 Common AC Problems You Could Face This Spring and Summer

5 Common AC Problems You Could Face This Spring and Summer

No one wants to be without air conditioning when the temperature and humidity rises.

When May sets in in Western New York the likelihood of warmer weather sticking around becomes more of a reality than during the early spring months. This is the time of the year where many people decide to turn off the heat and turn on the air conditioning. While you can prepare your HVAC system for the spring, you may still turn it on and notice it is blowing warm air, making strange noises, doesn’t work at all, or something else. No one wants to be without air conditioning when the temperature and humidity rises. Let’s take a look at 5 common AC problems you could face this spring and summer, so you can be on the lookout.

5 Common AC Problems You Could Face This Spring and Summer

Let’s face it, you usually don’t need to be an air conditioner or HVAC expert to know when something is wrong. There are common AC problems you could face this spring and summer and they are usually easy to identify on your own; however, the fix, may require calling in a Western New York cooling expert. Let’s review 5 issues you could face when you look to your AC to escape the late spring and summer heat.  

AC Will Not Turn On: One of the most obvious issues you could have with your air conditioning is that it will not turn on at all. Whether it kicked on when you initially started it and now will not come on, or if it wouldn’t start at all, there is a problem of some sort. The problem could be as simple as your thermostat not being set to a low enough temperature, needing new batteries, not being set to AC, or it may be time to replace your thermostat. If you can’t find an issue with your thermostat, contact a local AC professional to help you diagnose and resolve the problem.

No Cold Air is Coming Out: If you hear your AC running, but don’t feel any air, or warm air is coming out, there is likely an issue. There are reasons why your AC is blowing warm air, and some are easier than others to identify and fix. As mentioned above, check your thermostat for any issues and make sure you have clean unobstructed air filters. If both your thermostat and air filters are in good condition, there could be an issue with your condenser, refrigerant, air ducts, or something else. A HVAC expert can help.

Refrigerant or Other Liquid Leaking: It’s usually rather easy to spot when you have liquid somewhere in your home, where it shouldn’t be; however, an AC refrigerant leak may appear within the unit, so it’s not super easy to detect. If you notice colored stains or liquid near your air conditioner, you likely have a problem. Keep in mind, it is okay to see some condensation on the outside of the unit, but there should never be excessive moisture or colored stains. These types of leaks can be caused by multiple reasons, and usually always require the help of a professional to resolve the problem.

Making New Noises: When you are using your AC, it should not be making loud noises and should be no louder than a hum. If you notice a hissing, clicking, thumping or rattling, screeching, or buzzing, that is not normal, and there is an issue. These sounds mean your air conditioning is trying to tell you something. The new noises could indicate that there is a refrigerant leak, blower or motor issue, the condenser fan motor has a problem, there are loose parts, you have faulty electrical, or more. None of these issues are something you want to leave unattended for even a short period of time.

Strange and Unpleasant Smells: Similar to if you notice a burning smell when you turn on your heat, if you smell something burning when your AC is on, there could be an electrical issue, the air filters could be dirty and clogged, or there could be another issue. Start by shutting off the unit and checking your air filters. If they are good, you may have an electrical issue, so you should not turn back on your unit until an AC repair professional has inspected it. If you don’t notice a burning odor, but rather a musty smell, there could be mildew built up in your unit caused by improper drainage.

When you go to enjoy your air conditioning this spring and summer, you should be able to experience it with no issues. While we have reviewed 5 common AC problems you could face, there are many other issues that could arise. If you haven’t had an AC Tune-Up yet, now is the perfect time to schedule one. Proper AC maintenance is step one at preventing issues with your unit.

If your air conditioning is not functioning as it should, or you have other issues, Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC is your local Hamburg, NY Day or Night AC repair specialists. All of our repairs come backed by our leading 2-Year Super Service Guarantee. This means we guarantee the work of our technicians for two years after the initial repair. For fast service from our friendly techs, contact us.