Not all air conditioning repair needs are catastrophic. In fact, not all air conditioning repair needs are actually air conditioning repair needs. For instance, you might have a miscalibrated thermostat, or a thermostat that was accidentally set to heating mode. Or you could have damaged ductwork.
But, you should never assume that a small issue is small. It could be a sign of something much bigger. Waiting on repair needs can only cause them to grow, until you’re stuck making an emergency AC repair call, or even scheduling a premature system repair. That said, what are some signs that your air conditioner may be in need of repairs? Read on to find out!
Low Cooling Output
This one is a pretty obvious sign that something is amiss with your cooling system—an air conditioner that won’t actually cool. After all, your air conditioner is supposed to keep your home at an even, comfortable temperature.
Low cooling output could be caused by a number of factors, ranging from minor to pretty serious. One of the more serious issues is the refrigerant leak. There’s a fairly common misconception among homeowners that refrigerant is something that needs to be refilled—recharged—on a routine basis, when the reality is that if you’re losing refrigerant, it means something is wrong.
Refrigerant is responsible for the actual process that cools your home. So if you have a leak, it must be located and repaired, and then the refrigerant recharged.
Another, less major, cause of low cooling output is a clogged up air filter. The air filter is in place to protect the AC system from dirt and debris that can pummel its inside components. Airflow can be impacted when the air filter is left in for too long—which can manifest itself as low cooling output.
While we’re on the subject, let’s talk about low airflow. There could be a couple things at play here—your air conditioner’s blower could be failing, or there could be an issue with the ductwork in your home, such as tears or holes in the ducts. If some rooms in your home are getting better airflow from the registers than others, this indicates a problem with your ducts.
The good news is, thermostat troubles are typically fairly simple to resolve, and don’t result in catastrophic repair needs. But the thermostat is important! It serves as the brain of your air conditioner.
Signs of a malfunctioning or failing thermostat include an air conditioner or even heating system that won’t turn on or won’t shut off, a temperature reading that doesn’t correspond to the temperature you’re feeling in your home, or one or more rooms that are cooler or warmer than the rest (uneven temperatures). Fortunately, a thermostat upgrade is a relatively easy “repair” and usually beneficial in a number of ways!