People who live in locations that experience high temperatures know how important it is to have a functional, reliable AC unit. This is the case for hot summer months. This is because, during such periods, temperatures can shoot to over 100 degrees. Having a broken AC unit can strike fear if you are living in such an area.
Signs of an ineffective AC system
Failure to shut down
Most HVAC systems are triggered when temperatures in homes shoot to a certain point. If your house is warm, the unit becomes very warm and will turn on and cool the rooms. After achieving the desired temperature, the system shuts down, until it is required again.
If your unit fails to shut down after 15 minutes, then your unit is not functioning correctly. You should note that units, which run continuosly do not achieve the needed temperature. In this case, its signal may not be functioning as required and it is cooling your home excessively. Studies show that a unit that does not shut down regularly is likely to break down as a result of overuse.
Taking longer to cool your house
If the house is very hot, it is normal for the AC unit to take longer than usual. However, if the system is running more often than not, it is likely to have broken systems. If your home cools slowly, the refrigerant may be the problem. Another reason is a possible a leakage or slow running fan. You should call a qualified HVAC technician to assess the issue and carry out necessary repairs.
Different parts cooling at varying rates
Unless you have closed a vent in a given room, every room ought to cool down nearly at the same pace. However, variations exist as a result of location and proximity of rooms to heat sources and size of the room. If you notice certain areas cool less quickly than they should to, there is an issue with your AC system.
Water underneath the unit
If there is water pooling beneath your air conditioner, this is a sign of a problem with the system. Some of the reasons that cause water pooling include faulty condensation pump, plugged drain hole, and improper installation. No matter the reason, water can cause mildew and mold to grow within your AC unit.