With summer temperatures frequently topping 110°F, it’s no surprise that most Valley of the Sun residents rely on an air conditioning system to help them keep cool. These systems experience heavy usage and even with proper maintenance they can sometimes experience performance issues.

How To Diagnose Your AC

If you notice that your air conditioning system is showing signs of needing service or repair, it is important that you have it looked at by an expert. A simple glitch today can quickly develop into a more expensive problem if left unchecked.

Let’s take a look at five warning signs that your AC unit is in need of repair.

Unusual Sounds

If the sounds coming from your system have changed, it is a sign that the unit is no longer working as it should. Sounds may be an indication that more lubrication is required, something has moved out of place, or a component is broken. If you act fast when you hear unusual sounds coming from your unit, you can often prevent further and more expensive damage from being done.

Foul or musty smells

A smell from your vents is never good news. Not only does it make your home environment less pleasant, but it may also indicate an issue with your system or mold inside your ductwork.

Ineffective Cooling or Uneven Temperature Distribution

Treat any drop in overall AC performance as a sign that your system needs to be checked right away before performance degrades further. Possible problems inside the unit include a failed compressor or low freon levels.

If you notice some parts of your house are being kept much cooler than others, it is likely you have a problem with your thermostat. If the thermostat is not sending the correct signals to your air conditioning system, it will fail to send cooling air to some parts of your house. An expert can diagnose the problem and allow everyone in the house to experience pleasant, cool air.

Reduced Air Flow

A reduced amount of air coming through your ducts can be a symptom of several different problems. If the reduced airflow is across the whole house, it is likely that your system’s compressor is failing and in need of replacing.

If the weak airflow is only noticeable in some rooms, it might be a problem inside your ductwork, possibly a blockage. We recommend having your air ducts cleaned – not only will it help airflow, but it will also get rid of potentially harmful mold growth inside the ducts.

Moisture Near Your System

If you notice moisture anywhere around your system, it is likely to be a sign of one of two problems.

The worst-case scenario is that refrigerant is leaking out of your system. Leaked refrigerant poses a direct health risk to you and your family and the issue must be repaired immediately.

It is also possible that the water is a result of the drainage system that removes condensation becoming blocked or is broken. This poses less of a health threat, but left unchecked can lead to a build up of mold.

Because it can be hard to tell which problem is causing the moisture we recommend anyone who spots dampness near their system to call a repair expert at once in case it is refrigerant.