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5 Signs That Your Air Conditioning Is About To Go Out

Published on June 10, 2022
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Your air conditioner will show warning signals that it is on its last leg. Catching these early signs can help avoid expensive ac repairs and leaving your house with no air conditioning. There is nothing worse than having a broken AC unit here in Florida, so we have provided five common signs that indicate your air conditioner is about to go out.

Warm Air

Of course, warm air flowing out of your vents when the temperature is set to 68 degrees is not a good sign. We recommend first double checking your thermostat is in the correct setting. If your vents are still blowing warm air, this could be a sign your AC is low on refrigerant and could be leaking.

Warm air could be a sign your air conditioner simply needs to be serviced. Your unit may not be able to keep up with the high outdoor temperatures and low thermostat setting in the Apollo Beach area.

High Utility Bill

It is normal for your utility bill to rise when the air conditioning season begins. However, if you notice your bill is much higher than normal, this could be a sign of a problem with your air conditioner. Higher utility bills indicate your unit is using more energy because it is working harder, but what exactly is causing your unit to work harder? The answer is most likely a broken part or an obstruction in airflow.

Related Article: Ways To Lower Your Cooling Bill This Summer

Strange Odors

Your air conditioner should not produce any smells into your home. If you notice an odd smell and can’t seem to figure out where it is coming from, consider your AC unit. There could be mold growing inside your system, which can’t be fixed with air freshener and is harmful to your health.

Airflow Issues

Weak airflow is a common indicator there is something wrong with your unit, whether it be a simple fix or a costly one. If you notice poor airflow, first check your air filter. A clogged air filter is an easy fix, but could lead to expensive problems. Your AC system could also be struggling with airflow due to a compressor failure or duct work damage.

Unusual Noises

Air conditioning units tend to make noise when running or turning on, but if the system begins making abnormal noises, you may have a problem on your hands. Unusual noises can mean a variety of things, such as a loose or malfunctioning part.

Specifically, listen for the following noises:

  • Squealing
  • Buzzing
  • Clanging
  • Rattling

For any strange noises, it is best to have your Primary Air technician check out the problem.

Age And Breakdown Frequency

Two factors to consider regardless of a warning sign is your unit’s age and breakdown history. These are simple indicators you may have issues with your air conditioner this season. If your AC unit is 10 years or older, it is more likely to experience more issues. Your unit’s repair history and frequent breakdowns show it may be time to invest in a new air conditioning unit, because recurring problems can become costly.

If all of these signs are left unaddressed, it could lead to a serious problem and costly repair for your air conditioning unit. We want you to be prepared for a possible breakdown, so follow these seven tips this summer season to keep you cool and your air conditioner running efficiently.

Family owned and operated, Primary Air Heating & Cooling has been providing quality heating and air conditioning service to Manatee County area since 1987.

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