• Joseph Harris

Signs of AC System Failure


Air Conditioner

Few of us realize just how much we rely on our air conditioning systems until they break down. Particularly if we live in warm climates, the need for a well-functioning AC is not a luxury, but a necessity. As your system malfunctions, you may find yourself breathing stifling air, sweating excessively, and unable to relax in your own home.


Preventative Maintenance

Preventative care and maintenance for your air conditioning system will do wonders for ensuring its long, efficient life. Try as you might, however, there will be a point when you need to repair or even replace your AC. Look for these classic signs of air conditioning failure to stay ahead of the game and keep your home cool and comfortable when you need it most.

  • Inactive condenser–Your outdoor condenser is the heavy hitter of your system. Several problems can develop with it, so do some troubleshooting, like assessing connectivity and checking the thermostat for batteries, before diagnosing the issue. Lower your home's temperature around 5-10 degrees to see if it will kick in. If this manual adjustment doesn't inspire it to fire up, you likely have a bad compressor or faulty motor.

  • Warm air–No efficient air conditioner will blow out warm air in hot summer months. Warm air is a telltale sign that something is going wrong in your system. This change could be due to frozen evaporator coils, blocked condensers, or even low refrigerant. Call a qualified HVAC professional to diagnose and repair the issue before temperatures rise to uncomfortable levels.

  • Poor airflow–Inadequate or low airflow means that something is preventing your system from doing its job of circulating cool air through your home. Your compressor may be on the fritz, or you could be dealing with blocked ductwork that is most likely circulating debris and allergens through your home via dirty or blocked ducts.

  • Leaking water–If you have water leaking through or around your air conditioning system, you have a clear sign that something is breaking down. The cause of your issue is most likely a clogged condensate drain line. This line is responsible for helping to remove moisture from inside your home, and when it gets blocked, there is nowhere for this excess condensation to go. Water can leak onto electrical components and cause total system failure if not addressed as soon as possible.

  • Loud noises coming from your unit–As an air conditioner starts to fail, you may hear buzzing, squealing, or hissing noises coming from your unit. These loud noises are likely due to loose components and slipping belts that eventually cause damage. If you can, turn your unit off until you have had time to contact a professional to assess your system.

  • Higher-than-normal electricity costs–Rising electricity costs indicate that your unit must work harder to manage its normal workload. Insufficient insulation, poor system regulation, and high-stress operation all contribute to higher energy bills that are less than desirable.

  • Coolant leaks–While any moisture around your HVAC system is an issue, coolant is a serious and potentially dangerous substance with severe health consequences if you come in contact with it. Cleaning up leaking refrigerant is not something you should attempt to do yourself; contact a qualified HVAC professional to help you properly contain and deal with the toxic substance.

Tropic-Air Conditioning: Answering The AC Call When You Need It Most

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