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September 13, 2018

Is your AC keeping you cool? 5 Warning Signs to Notice

Your AC system has been working hard all summer, keeping you and your family cool and comfortable. However, just like any device that has been used repetitively, day and night, for months it may start to display early warnings that a repair or tune-up is needed. So, give your AC some much deserved attention that it has earned.

Pay attention to these five, often overlooked, warning signs that something is wrong with your air conditioner.

Weak Air Flow Circulation And/Or Lack of Cool Air
Place your hand near an AC vent and feel if the air flow is weak. If the air flow is weak it means your air conditioner is working much harder than it should and more energy is being wasted in trying to keep your home cool. Call an ICE AC Repair Tech ASAP as this warning sign should be dealt with immediately. In most cases, this is a small repair issue, however, ignoring the problem and allowing it to persist could lead to a complete AC replacement of the unit.

The most common causes are a malfunctioning blower, a blockage in the air return or vents, or frozen evaporator coils.

Loud or Odd Noises from AC system
If you notice that your AC unit is very loud or even notice less intense sounds such as buzzing, whistling, or squealing noises then call an ICE AC professional today because these sounds are often a small indicator of a much bigger issue to come. Some causes of odd noises from your AC system are the outdoor fan beginning to break down, compressor starting to malfunction, or a misaligned part. Further investigation would be needed to determine the source and cause of the noise.

Strange Smells from the Vents
Strange odors from your air conditioner and vents can be divided into two categories:

  1. Irritating Smells
  2. Potentially Dangerous Smells

Odors like mold and mildew are often caused by excess moisture around the AC drainage pan that is not flowing properly. Dangerous smells such as burning, gunpowder, and fumes can be signs of a power failure, prompting you to turn off the power and immediately call an ICE repair technician.

Water Leaking near the AC or from the Ceiling
A well-functioning air conditioning system removes moisture from the air. If you notice water leaking from a pipe in the garage ceiling or water accumulating near the AC system then turn off the unit and call ICE today. This is usually a sign of excessive water so your emergency drainage line is letting you know that there is a problem. Turning-off the unit avoids any potential electrical shortage. This warning sign usually presents itself when there is excessive moisture.

The most common causes are a clogged drainage line or a drainage pan issue. The problem should be assessed by an ICE HVAC professional who will identify the cause and provide a long-lasting solution.

Thermostat’s Problems
Sometimes the thermostat causes problems with your air conditioner. If a minor adjustment of the thermostat setting and/or the replacement of the batteries does not produce the desired results, you may need to replace the thermostat.

An air conditioning system is necessary for every home, especially for the Hot summers in Las Vegas.  Ensure that your AC system will last for the years to come by calling ICE at (702) 820-2184 when you notice these warning signs.