Going to Break, Breaking, Broken
We’ve all had the experience of having our AC unit suddenly stop working one day. It always seems to come out of the blue, but if you know how to listen, your AC unit has been telling you for weeks that something’s wrong.
If you find your air conditioning unit isn’t cooling enough, there are a few things you should check before calling a professional. Clean your outdoor HVAC unit, check ductwork for leaks, change your air filter, and other minor fixes. Only if those fail should you go to the next step and hire a professional.
What if you could avoid your AC unit failing entirely, though? Here are the questions we most often hear right before an AC unit fails.
What Temperature Should an Air Conditioner Blow?
A well-maintained air conditioning unit going full blast should be able to cool the air it takes from outside your home by around 15 degrees. Too much variance beyond that number, and it’s likely your HVAC unit is working harder that it should cool your house. You can check by placing a thermostat outside your air intake.
It’s important to remember though that there is no one ideal temperature that every air conditioner should blow at. Everyone has a preference, and different spaces warp heat and cold in different ways based on their geometry. When people ask what temperature their air conditioner should be blowing at, it’s a question of whether their machine is working correctly or not.
Why is There Water by My Air Conditioner?
If you find water consistently pooling by your HVAC unit, it’s important first to identify whether it’s water or instead refrigerant. A refrigerant is highly toxic, and you should call a professional immediately to get it fixed.
If the puddle is simply water, then it most likely comes from a blocked drain tube. A drain tube is where the condensation your AC generates when it cools the air is drained out. This is less serious than a refrigerant leak but may still cause harmful mold and algae growth.
Why is My Air Conditioner Smelling Weird?
While it may only be mold, often a strange smell wafting from your AC means that the insulation on a wire has burned through. Not only does this constitute a fire risk, but it will also spell quick death to your AC unit. You should try and get it fixed as soon as possible.
Worried about your AC breaking? Has it already broken? Here at Air Boca, we handle both kinds of problems. We’re a family-operated business here in South Florida and are ready to address any of your air conditioning needs.
Contact Air Boca today at 561-750-1625 to learn more about our HVAC repair and maintenance services!
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