Your HVAC system just went out in the middle of 95-degree day and now life as you know it stops until you can get it fixed. If only you knew ahead of time that it needed repairs, you could’ve avoided the emergency.
There are some telltale signs that your air conditioning unit needs to be checked out and knowing what they are can help you avoid more costly repairs later from a breakdown that leaves you hot and frustrated.
Our team of expert technicians at Air Tech of Central Florida are often called out for emergency HVAC repairs after a system has completely stopped running. More often than not the breakdown could’ve been avoided with some proactive maintenance.
Read on for some important warning signs that your HVAC system needs attention and that can save you from a costly outage.
Signs to Call Your HVAC Repair Tech to Avoid an HVAC Breakdown
In the Florida humidity, it doesn’t take too long without having A/C before your heath can start to become affected. If the air temperature is just 85°F, if humidity is 80%, it feels more like 97°F.
Health impacts when your environment temperature is too hot can come on quickly and include:
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat stroke
- Heat swelling
- Muscle cramps
So, keeping your unit running can save you both the inconvenience of an HVAC system outage and also any potential negative health impacts. Here are the signs that will let you know a repair may be needed.
Warm Air Blowing from Vents
If you notice warm instead of cool air blowing from your vents, this could be a sign of an air flow issue or a compressor that’s about to fail. We recommend first double checking to make sure your thermostat is switched to cooling mode, and ensuring it’s set to a temperature lower than your home’s temperature.
If warm air still persists from vents, it’s best to call in an HVAC repair technician to address the issue.
While there is normally a low-level sound when an HVAC system is turning off or on, if you hear loud or unusual noises coming from your unit, that’s a warning signal that there could be major problems, like a broken component, loose belt, or debris in the system, that need repair.
It’s time to call for a repair if the unit is running louder than usual or if you hear strange sounds like banging, grinding, squealing.
If unpleasant odors are starting to come from your HVAC vents, that’s an indicator of a problem. It could be related to a burned-out component, a pest intrusion, or mold growth. It’s best to get this checked out as soon as possible, because a mold infiltration could be negatively impacting your family’s health.
Pooled Water or Strange Moisture
Air conditioning units use refrigerant to cool your home, but they’re designed to avoid any accumulation of liquids. If you start to see leaks, pooled water, or moisture accumulating in strange areas, this could be a sign of a blocked or broken condensate drain and should be fixed right away.
Does it seem like the cool air isn’t coming out through your vents with the same force as it usually does? Reduced airflow can be a sign of one of these critical issues:
- Bad blower motor
- Dirty air filter
- Faulty fan control board
- Clogged ductwork
While it’s normal for an HVAC system to turn on and off several times a day, especially in the summer heat of Central Florida, if it’s continually cycling on and off more frequently than normal, you’ll want to call in an HVAC repairman to check out the issue. This could possibly be a sign that your unit’s about to fail and may need replacement.
High Humidity Inside
Floridians are no strangers to high humidity. It can often feel like you’re stepping into a steam bath when you walk out the door, but your HVAC system should help to control humidity indoors.
If you’re seeing higher than normal humidity levels in your home or building, this could be something that can be addressed with a quick re-calibration of your HVAC unit.
Rising Electricity Bills
If your electricity bills have suddenly skyrocketed, this could be an indicator that a repair is needed before your unit suddenly calls it quits. Higher than normal power bills could be a sign of a broken thermostat switch, a unit getting to an advanced age, or a leak in your air conditioning ductwork.
Addressing this quickly will not only save you from an unexpected breakdown, but will also help get your power bills under control.
Have You Seen Any HVAC Repair Warning Signs?
At Air Tech of Central Florida, our team of technicians is available for any emergency, 24/7! But we’d rather repair your HVAC unit before you experience a breakdown.
If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs that your unit may need repair, please contact us at 407-696-9876 or reach out online and we’ll get your unit taken care of right away.