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Does My Central Air Conditioner Need to be Repaired?

3 Signs Your Central AC Needs Repair

Even if there's still a chill in the air, it's never too early to plan for the hot, humid days of summer. If you have central air and have been ignoring those subtle signs that it needs to be repaired, there's never been a better time to schedule a seasonal maintenance call.

However, not everyone may know when they need to have their cooling system serviced. Some people wait until their AC completely stops working before they call for repair, which could result in some uncomfortable, hot days while you await a new unit.

Here are three signs that your central air needs serviced ASAP.

1. Hot Spots

When your AC is working properly, the temperature is the same throughout your home. However, certain mechanical issues can cause fluctuations in temperature in different areas of your home.

One of these issues involves hot spots. In terms of AC issues, a hot spot is when a particular area is warmer than the rest of the room. This is usually caused by having your air vents blocked, an air leakage, dirty or clogged filters, or the thermostat isn't in the right spot.

It's also possible that the AC unit itself wasn't installed properly or isn't the correct size. Either way, it's best if you contact a professional to check out the issue. Unless you know for sure that it's a problem you can fix yourself, you don't want to make things worse accidentally.

2. Improper Cycling

Improper cycling is another common sign your central air conditioner needs to be repaired. This is when the unit rapidly shifts on and off before it can complete the full cycle. If your air conditioner cannot complete a cycle, it could be due to a refrigerant leak or air escaping through somewhere in the vents.

Faulty installation of the unit is another cause, but it's quite rare for this to happen. In some cases, a simple air filter swap can fix this issue. But if it's one of the causes listed above, contact a professional.

3. Excessive Levels of Moisture

Malfunctioning AC units can also produce excessive levels of moisture in and around the unit. A clogged drain tube, which is a relatively inexpensive repair, could be the cause. A more serious cause of moisture could be a refrigerant leak. If you suspect you have a refrigerant leak, you need to schedule an emergency service call. It's not only poisonous to you but your pets as well.

Air Conditioning Services in Knoxville and the Surrounding Areas

With warmer temps headed our way and knowing how hot it can get in Tennessee, your AC needs to work right. Whether you need routine maintenance or are experiencing a more serious HVAC issue, Quality Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can help.

Contact us today at (865) 622-7785 to schedule a service call.