Summers in Earlville, IL, are warm, and on most days, the temperature reaches the mid to high 80s or higher. When it gets hot outside, it will also get hot in your house, and you rely on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable.
An issue with the air conditioner can affect the temperature inside, and some problems can put your home and family at risk.
If your air conditioner causes any of the following problems, it’s best to call an air conditioning service as quickly as possible. The longer you wait to fix the problem, the more damage can occur.
#1 The Unit Produces Warm Air
This is the most obvious sign that it’s time to call an air conditioning service. When it gets hot outside, and your air conditioner isn’t producing cold air, you won’t have an escape from the heat.
There are a couple of things you should check before making a call to avoid an unnecessary service repair. Thermostat setting errors are a common cause of this problem, and you should make sure the thermostat is set to the cooling mode. Also, ensure the fan is set to auto. If the fan is on, it will continue running between cycles, and you’ll feel warm air coming from the vents. Finally, ensure it’s warmer in the house than the thermostat setting.
Next, check the air filter. If you haven’t changed it in a while, it can get clogged with dirt, dust, and other debris, preventing air from flowing through the unit and causing it to overheat.
If everything checks out on your end, it’s time to call an air conditioning service. A few issues prevent the unit from producing warm air, including:
-Frozen evaporator coils
-The outdoor compressor isn’t working.
An air conditioning service can send a tech to inspect the unit to figure out why it isn’t producing warm air and resolve the problem.
#2 Inadequate Airflow
When your air conditioner runs, you should feel a powerful rush of cold air when standing in front of the vents in your Earlville, IL home. If there is limited airflow, you should schedule an appointment with an air conditioning service.
Restricted airflow will cause your AC to work harder to keep your home cool, consuming more energy and causing a significant increase in your energy bills. In addition, the extra work will strain the unit, reducing its maximum lifespan.
Clogged air ducts are a common cause. When dirt, dust, and other debris build up in the ducts, it can restrict the airflow. In addition, the debris will circulate in the air, affecting your home’s air quality. Fortunately, having the ducts cleaned will solve the problem.
Damaged air ducts can also cause poor airflow, and a crack or leak will allow the cold air to escape before reaching the vents.
Another possible cause is a broken blower. The blower forces the cold air from the unit through the ducts to the vents in your home. If the blower is broken, the air won’t reach the vents, resulting in poor airflow.
An air conditioning service can send a tech to diagnose and repair the issue, restoring the airflow and keeping your house cool.
#3 Faulty Thermostat
The thermostat is your HVAC system’s brain and tells the system to produce warm or cold air and the desired temperature. The air conditioner won’t work correctly if the thermostat isn’t working. There are a few ways to tell if your thermostat isn’t working, and you should check the batteries first.
-The thermostat doesn’t light up.
-The thermostat is unresponsive.
-The air conditioner cycles too frequently.
-The temperature inside doesn’t match the thermostat setting.
An air conditioning service can send a tech to check the thermostat, and you should consider your options if it has to be replaced. Programmable, Wi-Fi, and Smart thermostats can save money on your energy bills, and the tech can discuss the benefits of each, helping you make the best decision.
#4 Moisture or Fluid Pooling Around the Unit
If there’s moisture on the walls or floor around the unit or on the unit itself, it indicates a loose or broken hose. Fortunately, this is a simple and inexpensive repair. If you see yellow-green fluid around the unit, you have a more serious problem and should call an AC service immediately. The fluid indicates a refrigerant leak, preventing the unit from producing cold air. When acid eats away at the metal, it creates tiny holes allowing the refrigerant to leak.
If the unit was installed after 2010, the tech can fix the leak and refill the refrigerant. If the unit was installed before 2010, you’ll need to replace it. Older units use R-22 refrigerant, which was banned in the United States because it is toxic and depletes the ozone layer. The tech can fix the leak but won’t have the refrigerant to refill the unit, requiring a replacement.
#5 Strange Sounds
The air conditioner in your Earlville, IL home should be relatively quiet when it runs. The only sound you should hear is a low-level clicking when the unit runs. If you hear a banging, rattling, hissing, squealing, or any other strange sound, you should call an air conditioning service right away. Strange sounds indicate loose or broken parts and other issues that could worsen the longer you wait to make the call.
Why Choose Just In Time?
If you have an issue with your AC and need to call an air conditioning repair service, call Just In Time. We’re a full-service HVAC company, serving customers in the area since 2010.
Our techs are professionally trained, highly skilled, and can handle all HVAC jobs. If you have an issue that can’t wait, don’t panic. We provide emergency service, and our phones are answered by live agents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’ll do our best to get a tech to your home as quickly as possible to resolve the problem.
We have an excellent reputation in the community and have a 5-star rating on Google, and we won the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce Business Of the Year Award in 2020.
To schedule an appointment for air conditioning service, give Just In Time a call today.