Dirt and dust cause the majority of problems in an air conditioning system. That’s why air conditioning tune ups are so important because they entail thoroughly cleaning the air conditioning system to prevent future systemic issue. When dust enters the motor or the wheel, it pushes air through the house, disrupting the balance and causing excess friction and strain, resulting in added wear and tear on the motor. If your air conditioner is over 10 years of age and has had a long history of repairs, you could be in need of a new air conditioning system.
Signs You Need AC Repairs
- Your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home
- You have higher than normal electricity or gas bills
- Your lights dimmer when the AC starts running
- The AC is very noisy as it’s running
- The AC system is under 10 years of age
If your air conditioning system breaks down when you need it most, contact Assured Comfort right away. We offer AC repairs for residents located in Smyrna, Sandy Springs and other cities in and around Atlanta, GA. Our licensed and insured technicians are available on call with fully stocked service vehicles to repair your system quickly. We do our best to minimize any stress or discomfort by being available 24 hours a day year-round. Right now, get HALF OFF a Lennox programmable thermostat to help you save 10% on your annual heating and air bills.
Why is My Air Conditioner Blowing Hot or Warm Air?
Is your air conditioner blowing hot air? Frequently it’s the result of an improperly set thermostat, rather than a major problem with the HVAC system. To find out, check your thermostat to see if it’s set to “fan.” This setting will not cool your indoor air, only circulate it. If the air inside your house is warm, the air will run through the HVAC system without cooling, and blow out through the fan. Switching the thermostat setting to “auto” or “cool” will prevent this problem and blow cool air through the house.
Other Reasons Your AC Could Be Blowing Hot Air In Your Home
If the thermostat is already set to “auto,” “cool” or your desired indoor temperature, there may be other problems causing your air conditioning system to blow hot air. These problems could be related to:
- An unknown refrigerant leak
- A frozen coil
- An electrical short
- A broken compressor
- A clogged air filter
Low refrigerant levels and leaks are important to address. Leaks are not normal. The EPA has confirmed that refrigerant leaks are harmful to the environment and contribute to poor indoor air quality.
Whatever the case may be, all of these problems require the attention of a professional Assured Comfort technician. If you suspect that your AC is low on cooling refrigerant or has a leak, please contact us immediately for a routine inspection. Our technicians always inspect the air conditioning unit for low refrigerant levels and leaks during an air conditioning tune up or routine maintenance.
Keep in mind too, refrigeration known as R-22 is in the process of being phased out from HVAC systems, due to new EPA regulations. Our HVAC technicians can determine if your air conditioner utilizes the R-22 refrigerant and advise you about the process to replace it.
Why is My Air Conditioner Dripping Water?
More often than not, an air conditioning unit that drips water is due to condensation. In this case there is nothing wrong with the AC unit. Similar to a glass of ice water that sweats on a hot day, an air conditioner may drip water during hot days as a result of the condensation that forms on the outside of the unit. It doesn’t mean there’s a leak in your system or even a significant problem, especially if you reside in a humid area like Atlanta. We often see condensation forming on air conditioners during summertime.
When a Leaky Air Conditioner Becomes a Concern
However, if you notice an abundance of water dripping from the air conditioner or problems with draining the water, it’s best to contact us for an in-depth AC inspection. Then we can rule out any potential problems. In this situation, it’s important to take age of the unit into account. Newer AC units include a system that drains dripping water, therefore water shouldn’t be as noticeable if you have a relatively new air conditioner. If your AC system is new and you’re noticing pools of water, there could be other problems with the system that will likely require professional service. That may include repairing broken pumps, components, blocked drainage holes or air leakage. Our technicians can inspect and repair all of these issues and determine if dripping water is something to be concerned about.
Why is My Outside AC Unit Running During Winter?
During winter, we get phone calls from concerned homeowners that they hear their air conditioners running. Many air conditioning units are part of a larger HVAC system and work in conjunction with your furnace during winter. This results in the common misconception that the outdoor AC unit is working to produce air conditioning while the heat is running, when in reality the air conditioner is working with the furnace to help heat the home.
Your AC Could Be Working With Your Heat
Often air conditioners work with the furnace when the home uses a heat pump instead of a gas furnace. For example, the heat pump will work in unison with the air conditioning system when it’s turned on, causing the AC unit to run during winter. Therefore when the heat is turned on, the air conditioner will turn on simultaneously, sometimes misleading the homeowner into thinking there’s a glitch with the HVAC system.
If your home has a gas furnace instead of a heat pump, the gas furnace should operate independently from the air conditioner when running the heat during winter. If you have a gas furnace and your AC unit is running year-round, please contact Assured Comfort today to have a professional technician come out to inspect the HVAC system. If you’re unsure whether or not your home uses a heat pump or a gas furnace, our technicians can inspect the system to assess the situation.