As the hot summer months return to our neighbourhoods in Durham Region of Ontario, you will want to make sure your air conditioner is ready to keep your home cool. But how do you know if it needs maintenance and/or repair?
If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, you may likely need air conditioner repair and/or maintenance:
1. Warm Air
If you feel warm air blowing out of your 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 Joe’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend leaving HVAC repairs and maintenance to experts rather than attempting DIY fixes. After all, your home’s cooling system is complex and requires careful calibration.
2. Insufficient Airflow
Poor airflow is a common sign that an air conditioner isn’t working effectively or that a blockage is preventing air from moving through your home’s ductwork. It could be a clogged air filter, a non-functioning blower motor or something even more serious may be to blame.
3. Frequent Cycles
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 during the hottest days of summer, it shouldn’t cycle on and off constantly. If you notice frequent cycles, contact our team of air conditioning experts. A quick air conditioner tune-up may resolve frequent cycling. But it may also signal that you need a new air conditioner.
4. High Humidity
During the spring and summer, you can expect humid weather outdoors. But that doesn’t mean you want to experience high humidity indoors. Your air conditioner should help moderate humidity levels within your home. If your cooling system can’t keep moisture levels within a comfortable range, you may need a air conditioner repair and/or maintenance. We will diagnose the problem quickly and let you know whether your air conditioner needs a simple re-calibration or if you should consider a whole-house dehumidifier instead.
5. Water Leaks
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 damage your home and property.
6. Bad Odours
If you smell unpleasant odours and suspect that they may be coming from your HVAC system, you’ll want to deal with the issue before it becomes worse. Fortunately, a quick diagnostic visit will tell you whether your air conditioner needs maintenance or if your cooling system could use a more high-tech solution such as Ultraviolet (UV) lamp and/or HEPA air purifier. These devices can work wonders to eliminate persistent microbial growth in your air conditioner.
7. Unusual Noises
Most air conditioners make some noise as they start up and shut down. But loud, sudden or unusual noises can signal problems with your cooling system.
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, so a professional maintenance and/or repair is essential. Our experts will find the source of the problem and recommend a solution that will keep your home cool and comfortable all season long.
Don’t wait to tackle air conditioner repairs and maintenance. Call your local HVAC professionals at Joe’s Heating & Air Conditioning today at (905) 434-6788. We offer 24 hour, 7 days a week repair services to the Durham region of Ontario, including Oshawa, Whitby, Brooklin, Port Perry, Ajax, Bowmanville, and surrounding areas.