As fall is upon us, this is the perfect time of year for homeowners to do a check on some of the major appliances in their home and ensure that everything is tip top. One appliance that people heavily rely on during the summer months is your central air conditioning unit. Obviously, it helps to keep the home cool and comfortable, so no-one wants to be without it during that time. The last thing you want to deal with is turning it on for the first time next year, only to realise it’s not working. Better to discover that now so you have plenty of time to deal with it.
So, what key signs should you be looking for? How can you tell your air conditioning unit is on its last legs or needs repairs? Here are some common red flags to watch for.
Hot Air is Coming Out the Vents
One of the most obvious signs that there is a problem is hot air coming out the vents. If you turn on your central air, give it a couple minutes and find nothing but warm or hot air coming out the vents, then the unit isn’t working properly. It could just be a repair job, or it may need total replacement.
Poor Air Flow
Maybe the air coming out is cold, but it is very low. If the air flow seems to have changed and you’re not getting much coming out of the vents, it’s time to have it looked at.
The Air Conditioning is Making Loud Noises
Loud noises coming from any appliance usually signals a problem, and your air conditioning unit is no different. While the humming or whirring of the fan is normal, anything else should be looked at and diagnosed by a professional.
There is a Bad Smell Coming from the Unit
Another red flag is a bad smell that is coming from the unit or the vents. This could be any number of issues such as mould in the actual ductwork of your home or the unit, bacteria growth on the coil inside the Blast Auxiliary air conditioner, and more.
Don’t Put it Off Until Next Year
Finally, and this tip cannot be stressed enough, if you do learn that you need repairs or replacement, it’s highly advisable you don’t wait until next year. The problem is you never know when that first heatwave will strike, and when it does you can bet there will be others just like you whose air conditioning isn’t working and are desperately trying to find someone to come fix it. You can get a jump on things by addressing the issues now, while there is no pressure.
This is even a great time to have an expert come out and inspect it, such as those at Shorty’s Plumbing & Heating Services. They specialise in Winnipeg air conditioning repairs and replacement, and can assess the unit you have and provide you with advice.
There’s No Time Like the Present to Have it Checked Out
So, even though air conditioning season is done for the year, that doesn’t mean you should just turn it off and forget about it. In fact, now is the best time to deal with any potential issues.