Does My Central Air Conditioner Need to be Repaired?
We loathe to inform you, but central air conditioners are not indestructible. In fact, this home comfort system may require a visit from the "doctor" (an HVAC technician) when you least expect it.
However, there are some times when you might not be entirely sure whether or not your system will need to be repaired. Luckily, our team of experts is here to provide a few common sights and sounds when you should call us right away.
Higher Levels of Humidity Indoors
While it's normal to experience a dense, humid Florida day outdoors, it's rather unusual to experience that same level of sweltering humidity indoors. Your central air conditioner not only keeps your home as cool as can be, but it also helps regulate the humidity levels in your living space — cutting back on the potential of extra moisture buildup.
However, if your central air conditioner requires repair, you'll notice that your home will be extremely humid and quite unbearable. While you could combat the humidity (for the time being) with a dehumidifier, it's not wise to put off this repair — since it could shorten the lifespan of your unit, as well as invite mold and mildew to grow in your home.
Strange, Lingering Noises
Sure, air conditioners are bound to make a few noises here and there — especially when they're first turned on — but some sounds should raise concern the minute you hear them. For instance, if you hear a buzzing noise coming from your unit's condenser, no, that doesn't mean a bee is present — but rather a loose part.
Unfortunately, there are many cases where homeowners may try to ignore the noise and carry on with their day — but that can lead to trouble. The minute you hear anything out of the ordinary, it's best to give your HVAC technician a call right away. Not only will they be able to get to the root of the problem, but they'll take care of the issue early on and help extend your system’s lifespan (not shorten it).