Do I Need to Call for AC Repair?
Keep Cool & Know When to Call for Help
When your AC system isn't working as it should be, it can be very stressful. Not only is your home uncomfortable, but you may be worried about the cost of repairs or an unexpected replacement. While it can be tempting to ignore the problem and hope it goes away, that is the last thing you want to do. Instead, there are a few steps you can take yourself to try and solve the problem.
Below we go over what to do when an air conditioning disaster strikes and when to call in the professionals.
Your AC Won't Turn On & The House Is Hot
Have you ever wondered, "why is it so hot in here?" This is usually our first clue that the AC needs to be turned on. We may also wonder why the air conditioning system hasn't already kicked on, especially if we have a smart thermostat. Though you may start to worry, the fact that the AC hasn't turned on automatically doesn't necessarily mean there is a problem.
Your AC may not turn on because:
- The thermostat is set to heat or is turned off
- You've mistakenly adjusted the thermostat to the wrong temperature
- The area where your thermostat is located is a different temperature than the rest of the house
When your AC doesn't turn on, the first thing you want to do is check your thermostat settings. The last thing you want to do is pay for a service call when the problem was that the thermostat wasn't on. Call an AC repair specialist if you've checked your settings and the system still won't turn on.
Your AC Won't Reach the Temperature You Set
In this case, your air conditioner is running, but it never seems to reach or hold the temperature you set on the thermostat. This can be incredibly frustrating, and you are probably wondering if there is something wrong with the unit.
There are a few reasons why this might be happening. First, if the temperature outside is very warm and your thermostat is set very low, there is a good chance that your AC unit just isn't up to the task. When the outside and inside temperature difference is significant, an air conditioner must work very hard to reach and hold cooler temperatures. If this is the case, try setting your AC a little higher and utilizing fans and blinds to help control the temperature inside.
You may also want to replace your air filters, as clogged filters can significantly impact air conditioning efficiency.
This may also be happening because your AC is older and losing efficiency. In this case, it is worth reaching out to a cooling specialist for guidance. They can inspect your system, repair or replace any worn-out parts, and help you improve your system's efficiency. They can also help you prepare for a replacement when the time comes.
Your AC Is Making Strange Sounds or Has a Bad Odor
If your system makes strange sounds or you notice bad smells (like mold, mildew, or burning), you should reach out to an AC repair technician. These types of problems typically indicate that parts are worn out, broken, or malfunctioning. Additionally, bad smells may mean that you have a moisture or pest problem in your ductwork. These problems should be repaired by a professional to ensure that they are resolved effectively and correctly.
Similarly, if you notice excess dirt or scorch marks around your registers or vents, call an AC specialist right away. This is a sign that something is wrong with your system.
At Wallner Plumbing Heating & Air, we know cooling systems. We also know how mystifying they can be when something goes wrong. When you have questions, we have answers. If you're struggling with an AC issue and need help, send us a message online or call us at (530) 223-5622.