Do Not Ignore These Three Air Conditioner Problems

When you notice a small leak coming from your air conditioner, take action before a small problem becomes an expensive repair.

You may be tempted to ignore small problems that have developed with your air conditioner system. However, small problems can quickly become big problems, to the point when your air conditioner suddenly breaks down completely and requires immediate repairs.  If you want to keep enjoying the cool comforts of your air conditioner, then it is important to repair small problems as soon as you detect them. If you delay the repairs for too long, the problem may become complicated and require more expensive repairs.

The Air Conditioner Is Making Abnormal Sounds

Many modern air conditioners have a quiet operation. When you begin hearing noises, such as jangles and clangs, this can be an indicator of a serious problem. If you hear the clanging of metal on metal, this may mean the air conditioner fan has become damaged or unbalanced. These sounds normally start when the blades of the fan become warped or bent. If you do not repair the damaged air conditioner fan, the damaged blades may damage other parts of the unit, resulting in more costly repairs. You should immediately call your HVAC company to repair the damaged blades.

You Notice a Drip or a Leak

Homeowners often think that some amount of leakage from the air conditioner is normal. However, it does not take long for a small leak to turn into a flood. If you notice any signs of leaks or hear dripping sounds, it may indicate a refrigerant leak. Other indicators of a refrigerant leak are ice formations along the indoor coil and reduced cooling capacity. The ice buildup on the coil can damage the compressor, and the unit eventually will stop cooling. You may have to call your HVAC company to identify and seal the leak before it causes a total breakdown of the system.

You Hear Shrieking and Squeaking Sounds

If you hear squeaks or shrieks, then it means that your air conditioner needs immediate attention. Such sounds indicate a worn-out motor. The screeching sound often comes from the air conditioner cabinet. When the motor accumulates a lot of dust over time because of a lack of regular maintenance and lubrication, the motor may develop a screeching sound. Contact an HVAC technician to carry out complete maintenance of the unit.

The best way to avoid any such problems is to carry out regular and scheduled maintenance of your air conditioner system with the help of a professional HVAC company. Call Thomas Hoffmann Air Conditioning & Heating LLC at (314) 471-7625.

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