When it comes to living in Mobile, Alabama, there are a few things that can help transform our little cut of the Gulf Coast into your own personal paradise. The first is having a love of the water — because after all, the Gulf Coast is the best coast. The second is a love of seafood. While we might not be New Orleans, when it comes to boils, bakes, and time with friends and family around delicious local seafood, we can hold our own. And the final thing that you need for Mobile to be your personal paradise is a reliable, effective air conditioner for your home.
Alabama has a deadly combination of heat and humidity, and for those who are unprepared or caught with a malfunctioning air conditioner, the results can range from uncomfortable to deadly. At Air Control of Mobile, we got into the HVAC and air conditioning repair business because we know how important AC is to living your best life in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
In today’s blog post, we’re going to provide you with some helpful information that might just allow you to beat the heat by identifying the signs that your air conditioner might be in need of repairs. Catching a problem early on, although inconvenient, can save you time, money, and sweat (literally).
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1. Weak Airflow or Luke-warm Air
Once your air conditioning unit turns out, it shouldn’t take very long for you to begin to feel cooler air currents moving through your home, even if you’re not standing on or near a vent. If you are near a vent, a cursory wave of your hand over the vent or duct will tell you just how refreshing the house will be once it starts to cool down.
But sometimes the house doesn’t cool down. Usually when this happens, you want to make sure that you investigate the items mentioned above. If your airflow seems weak, there might be a problem with the fan motor or belt — a relatively easy fix that, if left to worsen, can cause big problems down the road. Or, you may have a problem with your compressor if the air is blowing warmer than it ought to be. Calling the air conditioning repair specialists at Air Control of Mobile can determine what the problem is and get you back up and running fast.
2. Moisture Buildup
Based on the way that the science of air compression and cooling works, you’re always going to have a small amount of moisture buildup to deal with when working to cool down your home using a residential air conditioner. However, a well-built AC unit is designed to handle this in a way that doesn’t pose a threat to the unit.
If you notice moisture buildup, puddling, or other water or other liquid discharge, you might have a problem. This moisture can come from a failing compressor, a refrigerant leak, or any other number or combination of problems. Ranging from relatively minor and easy to fix to fairly serious and posing a risk of a chemical hazard, excess moisture in, on, or around your AC is something that requires the help of an air conditioning repair specialist as soon as possible, especially if you want to avoid the potential of a full AC system failure.
3. Something Going Bump in the Night (or Any Other Time of Day)
If you have been living at or renting the home you are in for any length of time, chances are good that you have a pretty strong feel for what kinds of noises are normal for the house. Creaking floorboards, trees that scratch on windows, and any of the other small bumps and creeks all become commonplace, normal, and then all but forgotten. So when your ears perk up to a new noise that your air conditioner is making, you should pay attention.
Bangs, pops, squeals, and clicks that are not a part of your AC unit’s normal startup process (and most of them should be fairly quiet these days), are an all but surefire sign that something bad is happening to your AC unit. Even if the airflow is strong and cold, abnormal noises from your AC should not be ignored or taken lightly. If you hear something that sounds off, give the air conditioning repair pros at Air Control of Mobile a call.
4. Bad Odors
Hopefully, unlike noises you get used to, there are no bad smells or odors that you have adjusted to while living in your house. If you have, you might need the help of a different kind of professional.
In the case that your air conditioner begins to emit any kind of smell besides maybe a slightly dry, dusty one, you could have a major problem on your hands. Some smells, like smoke or burning rubber, will trigger alarm bells in your brain almost instantly. But other, more subtle smells, like mold, mildew, rotting wood, or other scents of decay can also signify a problem with your AC.
If your AC doesn’t smell the way it should, schedule an inspection or maintenance call with Air Control of Mobile.
5. Rising Energy Costs
The final red flag to keep an eye out is one that can often be the first sign of trouble, especially for the fiscally conscious homeowner or renter. If you’ve noticed that your utility bills have been increasing despite the fact that the summer has remained at a balmy 90 degrees and 90% humidity, then you may be in need of air conditioner repair help.
For those who aren’t eyefully watching the change on each and every utility bill, make sure to log on to your energy provider’s client portal. From your online account, you can review your monthly history and compare this summer against previous summers and see if something doesn’t seem to check out.
Stay Cool With Air Conditioning Repair Services From Air Control of Mobile
In the warm, wet weather of southern Alabama, an air conditioner is vital to your well-being and sanity. But, AC units wear out, they break, and they require regular maintenance to give you the longest service possible. In all of those situations, you can call the air conditioning repair and installation team at Air Control of Mobile for help. Dial us direct or contact us online to start beating the Mobile heat today.