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Signs That Your AC Won’t Last The Summer

May 9, 2020

One of the seasonal pleasures of summer are the warm days that are perfect for outdoor fun and enjoyment. But we also like coming inside to cool off in an air-conditioned home. You don’t want your AC to have problems or break down in the middle of summer’s heat, so pay attention to signs like the following that could mean your AC is headed for trouble.

Unusual Sounds

If your AC doesn’t come on when you flip the switch, or if it starts and stops randomly, the unit may be experiencing problems. Grinding, squealing, or any other type of sound should be evaluated. If it is a new unit, you may want to call the AC installation company that set up your air conditioner to ask about the sounds it is making. It could be you are unfamiliar with the background noise. However, many or most air conditioners make very little noise, so it is a good idea to ask the experts.

Odd Smells

An air conditioner does not usually emit odors. In fact, if you do notice any kind of smell when you turn on the AC, it could be from the air that is being ventilated through the rooms of your house. A burning smell or a damp, moldy scent should be checked by an expert to find the cause. Of course, if a skunk sprayed near your AC unit outside, that could be problematic, although noticing anything from your AC is unlikely.

Uneven Cooling

Even when your air conditioner is running steadily, seemingly without problems, if you notice the air is not as cool as it should be or if it becomes too cold despite the thermostat setting, that should be evaluated by an AC professional. Sometimes a person will think the AC is not cold enough, but it sometimes is due to extra warm temperatures outside or the owner’s reluctance to set the thermostat higher due to billing concerns. An expert can check the unit for any operational problems.


An AC unit that hesitates before turning on or turning off, or one that turns off before reaching the desired room temperature or shuts off before you want it to, should be checked for problems. While the room temperature may feel fine when the unit is running, the tendency to stop and start incorrectly can be annoying and signal problems.

Check your air conditioner now before warm weather arrives. Then you’ll be ready to enjoy those hot summer days in your comfortably cool home.

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