Summers around Portsmouth, VA, are certainly uncomfortable without a functioning air conditioner. You may notice several symptoms when you start up your HVAC system in the spring that signal trouble. Below are four of the most common HVAC issues you may notice that need attention before the heat rises.
1. Tripping Circuit Breaker
Your air conditioner is a major draw of electricity on your system when it operates properly. When some components are going bad, it’ll increase that draw and begin tripping your breaker. If you start experiencing this, turn the system off and call for an AC repair to prevent further damage.
2. Low Airflow
Do you ever notice the amount of air coming from your vents? Chances are if you’re having a problem, you may not be able to feel much air coming from the vents. This can be due to an airflow restriction, like a clogged filter, a failing component or even low refrigerant.
If you notice a lack of airflow, check your air filters to ensure they are clean and passing air freely. If this doesn’t solve the problem, call for a professional technician to troubleshoot your issue.
3. Warm Air
Along with low airflow, you may notice the air coming from your vents is not as cold as you remember. This could be indicative of various problems including a refrigerant leak, a faulty component, a dirty evaporator or dirty condensing coils.
4. Odd Sounds
Your air conditioner will make some sounds as it runs, but those should be fairly quiet. If you notice any rattles, screams, screeching, loud buzzing or humming, you have a problem. Your technician can solve some of these sounds by simply tightening some loose components, but others indicate a worn-out part.
The easiest way to make sure your air conditioner is ready for the summer is to give it a spring tune-up. A technician will clean and inspect your system to ensure everything is running optimally. Call to schedule your AC tune-up with our team at Climatemakers of VA today.
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