There’s nothing more frustrating than when your HVAC’s not working on a hot summer day in South Jersey. When it’s properly maintained by a cooling system professional, your central air conditioning should deliver reliable cool air even on the hottest days of the year. But when something goes wrong with your AC, how are you supposed to know what the underlying issue is?
To help you with your AC unit troubleshooting, here are five common issues that we get a lot of calls about here at Bovio Rubino Service, as well as the corresponding AC repairs that are likely needed.
1. Your AC Is Not Working At All
The most obvious sign that there’s something wrong with your AC is when it doesn’t turn on at all. With a problem like this, it’s a good idea to double check the basics before jumping to conclusions and assuming the worst:
- Are the batteries in your thermostat dead?
- Are the thermostat settings correct, and the thermostat set to “cool”?
- Have you checked the circuit breaker? It may have tripped and need to be reset.
If those solutions don’t help, you could have loose wiring or an electrical issue, which is NOT a DIY AC repair—call a professional for help!
2. Your AC Is Making Strange Noises
Air conditioning systems can make a lot of noises that they shouldn’t, and each noise can be an indication of a different problem. Here are a few that you’re most likely to hear:
- Hissing (often a refrigerant leak)
- Grinding (often motor failure)
- Squealing (often a belt issue)
- Clicking (often a problem with the AC fan)
Whatever kind of sound it is, when you hear a strange noise coming from your AC, don’t ignore it!
3. You Have a Leaky AC
The most common reason why your AC unit is leaking fluid is a clogged condensate line. This can lead to mold growth and foul odors in your home, which is why it’s a good idea to call an HVAC professional as soon as you spot a leak, as a seemingly small issue could turn into a larger, much more expensive problem.
4. There’s Weak Air Flow When the AC’s Running
Not feeling as much air blast out of your vents as you usually do when the AC is running? When was the last time you changed your air filters? Air filters block dust and other air particles from circulating through your ductwork and polluting your indoor air, but they need to be changed regularly. If they collect too much dirt and dust, they can reduce airflow through your ductwork, making it difficult to cool your home and putting unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC equipment.
Changing air filters is simple enough that most homeowners can do it themselves, but any HVAC professional worth their salt will check and replace your air filters during a maintenance or tune-up visit.
5. Your AC Is Blowing Warm Air
Warm air is actually another sign that your air filters are dirty—the reduced airflow can lead to frozen evaporator coils, which prevent your AC from removing heat effectively from the air in your home.
If your air filters are clean, you could be low on refrigerant, which means you have a refrigerant leak. In this case, an HVAC professional can help identify the leak and refill your refrigerant to the correct levels.
Schedule AC Service from NJ’s Best HVAC Company!
Since 1974, Bovio Rubino Service has been helping homeowners in Cherry Hill, Voorhees, and the surrounding South Jersey communities stay comfortable in their homes. Trust us when we say, there are VERY few AC problems we haven’t already encountered and know exactly how to fix! Our NATE-certified technicians offer the best installation, repair, and maintenance services for heating and air conditioning in the area, so when you’re stuck with an uncomfortable home, give our team a call for fast and effective relief.
To help avoid the pitfalls of AC issues and breakdowns altogether, enroll in one of our Bovio Rubino Service Protection Plans. You can choose between four different levels of care to find the right plan for your home, but no matter which one you choose, you’ll benefit from better heating and cooling in your home and superior customer service!