Signs You Are Having an HVAC Problem
Your HVAC system is vitally important to your indoor comfort. And while in many parts of the country, both heating and air conditioning are an essential problem, in and around Mission Texas people rarely turn on their heat at most around 2 or 3 times per year.
But their AC is vital, most of the year, with temperatures approaching or exceeding 90 degrees pretty much throughout April through September.
With this being so, it's extremely important to know the warning signs of HVAC problems with regard to their AC.
- 1 1. Warm Air is Coming from Your Vents
- 2 2. You Experience Weak Airflow From Your Vents
- 3 3. You Hear Loud Noises Coming from Your Air Conditioning Unit
- 4 4. You Notice Odd Smells When You Turn Your AC Unit On
- 5 5. You Notice Moisture or A Leak Around Your Unit
- 6 6. Skyrocketing Utility Bills
- 7 7. Inconsistent Temperatures
- 8 8. Too Much Humidity
- 9 9. Power Fluctuations
- 10 The Bottom Line
1. Warm Air is Coming from Your Vents
Naturally, when you turn on your air conditioning you expect to feel the comforting presence of cold air. But if you reach your hand over your vent and feel nothing but warm air, there is likely to be a problem.
HVAC companies like Cool Aid Air Conditioning in Mission Tx has the experience to diagnose the problem, but it could be anything from a bad capacitor, a clogged filter, or low levels of refrigerant.
2. You Experience Weak Airflow From Your Vents
The problem here is that your AC system is working, but is putting out an output far less than its capacity.
Generally, this means a problem with your ductwork. Either you have a leak in your ductwork, there's a clogged filter, or possibly your compressor is failing.
3. You Hear Loud Noises Coming from Your Air Conditioning Unit
Air conditioners are designed to be relatively quiet, so if you hear squealing or scraping noises coming from your AC unit, it likely means that parts are loose or need lubrication.
Do address this fairly quickly because loose parts, even if minor, can quickly spread to other vital parts of your HVAC AC system.
In other words, what starts out as a minor irritation can soon turn into a very big problem.
Any and all of the problems described here can go from minor irritation to a huge problem.
4. You Notice Odd Smells When You Turn Your AC Unit On
If you smell strange odors from your AC unit, there is definitely something wrong.
If there is a strong burning smell, then likely some of the insulation has burned off in your wires, which means the chance of a fire occurring is much higher.
On the other hand, if there is some kind of musty odor filling your room, chances are there is some kind of mold that is growing in your AC system.
In either case, as a homeowner, you really need to get to the bottom of this issue right away. Your family's health and welfare could be at significant risk.
5. You Notice Moisture or A Leak Around Your Unit
This could be a simple case of water leaking, which may indicate that the tube to remove condensation in your unit is clogged.
However, that's a best-case scenario. Just as likely is that you have a refrigerant leak.
AC refrigerant is very dangerous and should only be handled by the pros.
In particular, if any member of your family has signs of refrigerant poisoning such as:
and these symptoms are also accompanied by a noticeable leak in your ac system, you most definitely need to call us and address the problem.
Refrigerant poisoning is a real thing, and if left long enough can develop into severe systems such as seizures or even loss of consciousness.
6. Skyrocketing Utility Bills
Many homeowners never know that anything is wrong until they receive their utility bill.
Naturally, the first thing they do is to call their local utility company to see if a mistake has been made or if there has been a sudden escalation of utility rates.
But having ruled this out, and comparing their AC use, generally, they get the hint that something is wrong. For example, if their rate triples within a single month, yet their AC use is about the same as the month before, this is a strong indicator the problem is with their AC system.
7. Inconsistent Temperatures
Another frequent problem is inconsistent temperatures. One bedroom may be cool and sweet, while in another bedroom or different part of the house, people are sweating up a storm.
Again, likely this is a vent problem, but until you call us, the problem is likely to remain.
8. Too Much Humidity
Although Mission tends to be quite humid in the summer months, a modern air conditioning system is designed to eliminate a lot of the humidity in your house.
If you feel sticky most of the time, chances are, there is a problem that needs to be looked at.
9. Power Fluctuations
While it's possible that you experience a brownout and your AC stops working in the summer for a brief period of time, if your AC starts turning on and off by itself, and all the other power in your home is working, this is a sure sign of a dangerous situation known as "short-cycling"
Short-cycling is an issue that never should be ignored, for if left long enough, you are likely to experience either catastrophic damage to your AC system, or to experience a fire.
The Bottom Line
Your HVAC system is a lifeline when you live in Mission TX and you should address any problems as soon as possible by hiring an HVAC company right away.