1. Warm Air Coming Out of Your Vents
There could be a few reasons why your air conditioner is not cooling after you turn it on. It could be that the temperature is not set properly on your thermostat or that your air filter is in dire need of changing. These are all things that you can do on you own. However, if you cannot pinpoint the problem, it could be that your unit is low on refrigerant. A service visit is needed to recharge your system and check for any leaks. If ignored, you are just wasting electricity on air conditioning that is not cooling.
2. Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping
If your air conditioner trips its circuit breaker once, it might just be a fluke. However, if you reset your breaker and it does it again, there is something wrong with your unit. The circuit tripping is a safety mechanism that you should not try to get around. You should leave the breaker in the off position to prevent fire, electrical shock, or damage to your home’s wiring. You will need your system checked by an air conditioning expert.
3. Hissing or High-Pitched Scream from Outdoor Component
A hissing or a high-pitched scream coming from the outside condenser component could mean a potentially hazardous problem. Such sounds may be a sign that there is a dangerous level of pressure building up inside the compressor that is inside the cabinet. To prevent injury and damage to your system or home, turn off your air condition and call for service.
4. Screeching Metal-on-Metal Sound
You should call for service if you hear screeching metal-on-metal sound as your air conditioner turns on or shuts down. This could be a sign that the bearings in your unit’s fan motor are wearing out. It is a good idea to leave your air conditioning off until it is repaired, otherwise the motor could seize and cause more damage to your system.
Preventive maintenance is the best way to avoid problems that can lead to a breakdown this summer. In the Port Orange area, keep your system running at its best all season by scheduling your yearly air conditioning maintenance with East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning.