If you have a wall or central air conditioner (or a heat pump in cooling mode) and want to learn about how to identify, prevent and fix some of the most common cooling problems, the experts at Signature Home Heat & Air in Ottawa have your back. We understand how important your air conditioner is during the hot summer months and have put together an overview of the four most common problems that can affect your central or wall air conditioner.
- IT’S BLOWING WARM AIR
If your AC unit is blowing warm air, several issues could be to blame. To figure out what’s wrong, first make sure your AC is in cooling mode and that your air filter isn’t clogged. If everything seems fine, you could have a problem with the compressor, cooling fan or need a top-up of refrigerant. If you’re unsure what’s causing the problem, it’s best to call a professional to identify and repair the issue.
- IT’S LEAKING
It’s normal for your outdoor air conditioning unit (as well as wall-mounted heat pump) to leak in extremely hot and humid weather. However, if you start to notice condensation pooling around your indoor equipment, it could indicate a larger problem with the sealed system, filter, drainage system or excessive fouling of the evaporator (inner coil).
- IT HAS WEAK AIRFLOW
Depending on where your AC unit’s air filter is located, it can become clogged with dust, debris or even small insects. Therefore, it’s important to regularly clean or replace the filter to ensure proper airflow. You should also periodically inspect the ductwork connected to the unit and make sure all the register vents are open and unobstructed.
- IT’S LOUD
Your air conditioning unit is made up of several parts, including fans and motors. Each of these mechanisms produces a certain amount of noise. A low humming sound is nothing to be concerned about. However, loud, high-pitched or banging noises could indicate a serious problem. If you can’t identify the sound, it’s best to ask a specialist for help.
Air conditioning systems have many components that can wear out or malfunction. Depending on the issue, getting your central or wall air conditioner back up and running may require the help of a professional. Whether you need your air conditioner repaired or want to purchase an entirely new air conditioning unit, the experts at Signature Home Heat & Air in Ottawa can help. Contact us today for a free quote.