Have you ever gotten up from a restless night, hopped out of bed, and made breakfast only to notice that you’re sweating as you stir your oatmeal on the hot stove? Have you ever been exceptionally hot in your house? Like sweating? Thinking to yourself, “Did I pay the electric bill?” Yes! “Are all my doors and windows closed?” Yes! “So why am I burning up?!”
If you find yourself asking this question this season, that could be the result of HVAC issues. And if you don’t get to the bottom of it, you’re in for a long summer. Keep reading to find out the most common HVAC issues and how they can be resolved.
Your System May Be Low On Refrigerant
The refrigerant is one very important component of your air conditioner. In fact, it’s the chemical that keeps us cool. Without it, your Air Conditioning is rendered useless against the Midwestern summers.
Check to make sure there is no liquid leaking out of your AC unit. A dark-colored splotch on your wall or below the unit is a tell-tale sign of a leak. There could also be a lack of refrigerant in your unit, causing it to produce lukewarm air rather than a steady flow of cool air.
Refrigerant leaks can be quite common and can be fixed with the help of a professional. If you believe you may have a leak, contact a professional immediately so they can fix the problem before it becomes a bigger one.
When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Unit?
Sometimes we assume the worst. We create problems that seem bigger than they really are. In other words, your AC problems may simply be the result of a dirty unit.
Your outdoor unit has coils that filter the heat from the air by sending it outside. This indoor/outdoor airflow can cause a layer of grime to form on the condenser coils.
Once that layer of dirt covers the coils, they stop working, causing the entire system to work harder. This can lead to a system failure, which is a much bigger problem. In order to avoid bigger issues down the road, make sure to check your condenser coils and clean them when necessary to avoid build-up.
Wrong Installation From the Start
If you didn’t relate to these first two problems because you just got a new HVAC unit, you might consider the possibility of incorrect installation.
HVAC installation is not an easy process, and it must be done by quality professional contractors. If your HVAC is truly brand new and has stopped working, there is a high probability that you will need it to be reinstalled.
If you are having problems with irregular temperature, loud or unusual sounds from your unit, or odd odors coming from the unit, this could mean your HVAC was improperly installed. Don’t let these problems continue, for they can only get worse with time.
If you have questions or are having trouble with your HVAC unit, call us! It’s important to fix the problem early on so that it doesn’t lead to bigger issues when you need it most - like in the summer. Keeping your HVAC happy will keep you and your family even happier all summer long.