The way the news is trending, it looks like you and your family might be spending far more time than usual inside your Virginia home this spring, and possibly even into the summer. As the weather continues to warm, you’ll be relying more than ever on your home’s cooling system to keep you comfortable and healthy.
It’s better to be prepared than to be surprised by an expensive and inconvenient AC breakdown in the middle of a heat wave, when your entire family is stuck in your Harrisonburg, Elkton, or Broadway home. Here are some early warning signs that your air conditioning could use a maintenance call or AC repair in Harrisonburg, VA this spring.
1. Strange Smells or Sounds
What noises are air conditioners supposed to make? Well, whether it’s a bang, clank, clink, buzz, squeal, hum, rattle, scream, or something else, new and unusual noises coming from your air conditioner aren’t a good sign. And if you’re wondering, “Why does my AC smell bad?”—that’s not great either!
Something is probably breaking or is broken within some part of your AC, from a loose screw to an electrical failure or a refrigerant leak. Ignoring these sounds and smells won’t make these problems go away—in fact, all you’re doing is likely increasing the eventual HVAC repair bill.
2. Won’t Turn On
You guessed it—if your air conditioner won’t turn on, that’s a great reason to believe it needs a little TLC from a professional. From a blown fuse to a dirty evaporator coil to a broken thermostat, there are many reasons why your AC isn’t starting, but Excel Heating & Cooling can get to the bottom of it.
3. Only Blows Hot Air
If your air conditioning only blows hot air, run over and quickly check to make sure your thermostat isn’t accidentally set too high or set to “heat” instead of “cool” (and if it is, don’t feel too bad—we all have our moments…).
Now that you’ve gotten the obvious out of the way, you could be dealing with an airflow issue, an issue with your outdoor compressor or refrigerant levels, or a return duct has gotten disconnected.