As the temperatures slowly start to climb here in Western Pennsylvania, it’s clear that summer is right around the corner. You’ll want to make sure your air conditioner is prepared to keep you cool. But how do you know if your air conditioner is sending you signals that it needs professional attention? If you see any of the following warning signs, you likely need an air conditioner repair:
The Air Conditioner Is Blowing Warm Air
Often the most obvious sign, when you feel warm air blowing out of your home’s vents, check the thermostat. Make sure it’s switched to cooling mode and set it lower than your home’s current temperature. If your vents still blow warm air, restricted airflow or a compressor issue may be to blame.
At Spurk HVAC, we recommend leaving HVAC repairs and maintenance to the pros rather than attempting DIY fixes. After all, your home’s cooling system is complex and requires careful calibration.
Related: Why You Shouldn’t DIY
Poor airflow is a common sign that your air conditioner isn’t working efficiently or that a blockage is preventing air from moving through your home’s ductwork. A clogged air filter, a broken motor, or something even more serious may be to blame.
If insufficient airflow is a common issue in your home, we may recommend investing in an energy-recovery ventilator (ERV). It can give your air conditioner a boost by exchanging stale air with fresh air every time your system cycles. Your air conditioner may also benefit from zoning systems. They can ensure that you’re getting the right airflow and cooling power where you need it most. In some cases, zoning may not be required at all. Perhaps you have an undersized unit or could benefit from adding an additional unit.
Related: Top 10 Causes of Airflow Issues
Your air conditioner should go through relatively routine cooling cycles, no matter the weather. While you can expect your cooling system to turn on more frequently on the hottest days of summer, it shouldn’t cycle on and off constantly. If you notice frequent cycles, contact our team. A quick air conditioner tune-up may resolve frequent cycling. But it may also signal that you need a new air conditioner.
During the summer months, you can expect some sticky weather outdoors. But that doesn’t mean you want to experience high humidity indoors. Your air conditioner should moderate humidity levels automatically.
If your cooling system can’t keep moisture levels within a comfortable range, your unit may need attention. We’ll diagnose the issue quickly and let you know whether your air conditioner needs a simple re-calibration or if you should consider a whole-house dehumidifier instead.
Your air conditioner relies on refrigerant to cool your home and may produce condensation as it operates. Neither of these liquids should accumulate or leak into your home, though.
Pooled water or an active leak around your air conditioner is an important sign that your cooling system isn’t running properly. Don’t wait to call our air conditioning service technicians. Leaks can quickly damage your home and may even lead to serious problems requiring a complete system replacement.
If you smell unpleasant odors and suspect that they’re coming from your HVAC system, you’ll want to deal with the issue before it becomes smellier. Fortunately, a quick diagnostic visit will tell us whether your air conditioner needs a tune-up and a complete cleaning session or if your cooling system needs a more high-tech solution.
Ultraviolet (UV) lamps can work wonders to eliminate persistent microbial growth in your air conditioner. Duct cleaning (we know some great duct cleaning companies we can refer you to) can also address odor issues that have accumulated in the ductwork.
Most air conditioners make low-level noise as they start-up and shut down. But loud, sudden or unusual noises can signal big problems with your air conditioning.
Rattling or buzzing noises can indicate a loose part while whistling or grinding noises can signal something more serious. This type of issue won’t typically go away on its own. Our team will find the source of the problem and recommend a solution that will keep your family cool and comfortable all season long.
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ABOUT SPURK HVAC
Spurk HVAC was formed in 2018 and is located in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. We proudly serve Cranberry Twp., Wexford, Gibsonia, Mars, and the surrounding Greater Pittsburgh area.
We service all makes and models. If you are seeking a heating repair, heating system replacement, air conditioner repair, air conditioning maintenance, air conditioning replacement, or any other heating & cooling services. Whether you are looking for residential or commercial HVAC services, we look forward to any and all opportunities to become your preferred HVAC contractor.