Your mini-split AC is critical for your home during the hot summer. But what do you do when it starts to act up? Here are signs that your mini-split AC may need repair. Keep an eye out for these signs, and call a professional to scan your system if you start to see them.
The AC Is Not Cooling the Room as Much as It Used To
One sign that your AC isn't working as effectively as it used to operate is if you feel like it's not cooling the room as much. There are a few potential reasons for this. The first is that the AC filter may be dirty and need to be replaced. A dirty filter restricts airflow and makes the AC unit work harder, which can cause it to lose efficiency over time. The refrigerant levels in the AC unit may also be low. This happens when there is a leak in the system, and it will cause the AC unit to run less efficiently. Finally, the air vents may be blocked, preventing air from circulating properly. You should call a professional AC technician for help if you suspect any of these issues.
Strange Noises When the AC Is Running
If you hear strange noises from your AC unit, it's important to take note and investigate the noise source. The AC unit may be simply cycling on and off. This is typically a harmless process; you'll need to wait for the cycle to complete before the noise stops. However, if the noise persists or is accompanied by other strange noises, the compressor or fan motor may have a problem. In this case, it's best to contact a professional for diagnosis and repair.
The Airflow From the Vents Is Weak or Nonexistent
One common issue with HVAC systems is weak or nonexistent airflow from the vents. This can be due to a clogged air filter, closed vents, or a blockage in the ductwork. Sometimes, the problem may be with the HVAC unit, such as a malfunctioning blower motor or compressor. Contact a licensed professional for diagnosis and repair. Trying to fix the problem yourself could result in further damage.
If the Power Bill Has Increased Significantly
If you've noticed a sudden and significant increase in your power bill, it could be due to your AC unit. The unit may be working extra hard because it's low on refrigerant, the air filter is dirty, or there's an issue with the ductwork. An old or inefficient unit will use more energy to run and may need to be replaced. Call a professional to help diagnose your AC unit.
The AC Unit Is Leaking Water
If your air conditioner leaks water, fix the problem as soon as possible. Water leaks can cause serious damage to your unit, leading to expensive repairs or even replacement. In some cases, water leaks can also lead to mold growth, posing a serious health risk. Fortunately, a water leak in your air conditioner can be fixed. First, check the drain pan to see if it is full or blocked. If the pan is full, empty and clean it to prevent future problems. If the pan is blocked, clear the blockage, and make sure the drain line is unobstructed. You may also need to replace the drain line if it is damaged. In addition, check the connections between the unit and the ductwork for leaks. If you notice any gaps or cracks, seal them with caulk or duct tape. By taking these simple steps, you can prevent water leaks and keep your air conditioner running smoothly for years to come.
The Indoor Unit Is Very Hot to the Touch
The outdoor unit of an air conditioner contains a compressor that circulates the refrigerant through the system. This refrigerant is very cold and, as it passes through the indoor unit, absorbs heat from the air. As a result, the indoor unit can become quite warm to the touch. While this is normal and not cause for concern, it is important that you ensure adequate ventilation around the indoor unit to prevent heat buildup. In addition, it is important to regularly check the air filter and coils to ensure they are clean and debris-free. These steps will help keep your air conditioner running efficiently so that your home remains comfortable all summer.
There’s Ice on the Outdoor Unit
Ice on your outdoor unit could mean several things. One possibility is that the unit is low on refrigerant. This happens if the system is leaking, and it can cause the coils to freeze up. The fan may also not be working properly. This can prevent air from flowing over the coils, causing them to ice. Finally, the outdoor temperature may be too cold for the unit to operate efficiently. In such a case, you may need to wait for warmer weather before using your AC again. It's best to call a qualified technician to diagnose the problem and find a solution.
The AC Is Turning On and Off Frequently
One potential reason your AC unit may be turning on and off frequently is that the thermostat may be set too low. The AC will turn on until it reaches the desired temperature and then turn back off. However, because the unit is not running for very long, it never has a chance to properly cool down the room. As a result, it turns back on again, and the cycle repeats. Another possibility is that the AC unit is too large for the space that it is trying to cool. In this case, the unit will cool the room quickly but then shut off because it has already reached the desired temperature. This can lead to frequent cycling as well. If your AC unit is frequently turning on and off, it's best to consult a professional.
The Fan Isn’t Working Properly
Your fan breakdown is the last thing you want to hear. But if it's not working properly, that might be exactly what's happening. Below are some things that can cause a fan to malfunction, and some of them are relatively easy to fix:
- Make sure the blades are clean and debris-free. If they’re not, the fan won’t be able to circulate air effectively
- Check if the blades are tightly connected to the motor. They can cause the fan to wobble and eventually breakdown if they’re loose
- Take a look at the motor itself. If it’s overloaded or overheated, it can cause the fan to shut down
The summer months can be brutal, especially here in Bastrop. If your AC unit isn't working properly, you must take action quickly. That's why Blue Ribbon Cooling & Heating offers emergency services; you can get the help you need when you need it most. We can also install, repair, and maintain your furnace or heat pump, as well as help you improve your indoor air quality. Our experts are ready to help diagnose the problem with your HVAC unit and provide the necessary repairs or replacements. Don't suffer through another hot Texas summer without air conditioning; call us today!