Posted on: 29 September 2022Share
When your AC is acting up, the natural solution is to call an HVAC technician and ask them to make repairs. When they arrive, they will often ask you to tell them about the problems you're having. The more details you can offer at this point, the better. Details will help your HVAC contractor figure out what's wrong and what they need to fix. Unfortunately, homeowners do not always realize quite what details are important to know. Here are some things you should tell your contractor about if they are, indeed, occurring in your home.
Does the airflow from some of your vents seem like it is less intense than the airflow from other vents? You might just think this is how your system works, but it is actually something you should mention to your HVAC contractor. In rare cases, this may just be due to your duct system's design, but usually, it is a sign of something more sinister. Your fan may not be keeping up and blowing air powerfully enough for it to reach all of the vents. Or, there could be an obstruction in the ductwork that needs to be removed.
Air conditioners should turn on and off throughout the day, but if yours is turning on and off in short succession, that's another matter. Short-cycling, as this pattern is known, always means something is wrong with your air conditioner, even if your air conditioner is managing to keep your home cool. The system may be overheating and triggering some safety switches. It may also be low in coolant, causing the coolant to hyper-expand and trigger a shutoff. There could also be an obstruction in the ducts. Your AC contractor needs to know about the short-cycling so they can investigate.
Sometimes, puddles form under an AC unit. You may clean them up before your AC contractor arrives to prevent water damage. This is okay, but make sure you tell your AC contractor about the puddle when they arrive. This usually means there is something wrong with your condensate drain or condensate pump. These problems are easy to overlook, even for an experienced HVAC contractor, if the puddle has been cleaned up.
All in all, the more you can tell your HVAC contractor about the problems you're noticing, the better. Your contractor will then know where to focus their attention and what problems to consider first.
Contact a local HVAC service, such as Advanced Air Conditioning and Heat, to learn more.