Summer is right around the corner and with the average summer highs in Franklin ranging from 86 degrees in June to 90 in July and August, you don’t want to find out the hard way that your central air is not working. 

Sometimes, you can do a little troubleshooting yourself and address the issue, but in other situations, you should seek a professional opinion. 

Keep reading for five signs your AC needs repair.

1. It’s Not Blowing Cool Air

This one is kind of a no-brainer. If your central air is not working and isn’t blowing cool air, it’s a good sign you need an HVAC professional.

If you have it on full blast and it’s blowing air that’s not very cold or even hot, you could have a problem with the compressor or a lack of freon.

2. Strange Sounds and Strange Smells 

Air conditioners aren’t silent. You can usually hear them kick on and hear the low hum in the background when they’re running, but that’s it.

There shouldn’t be any loud noises, squealing, grating, or grinding. Strange noises could indicate that a belt is loose or out of place, that metal components need to be lubricated, or that the bearings in your motor are not working properly.

While they aren’t silent, air conditioners shouldn’t smell. If you notice any strange smells, you need to have it checked out. It could be that the wiring is burning or that there is mold or mildew in the ducts.

Proper cleaning and UV lights can get rid of any lingering foul smells. 

3. Moisture Where It Shouldn’t Be

If you notice any leaks from your air conditioner, water pooled around the unit outside, or moisture on your air vents, it could indicate a problem. Excess moisture and humidity could mean that drain tubes are blocked or broken, drain pans are cracked, or air filters need to be replaced.

4. Lack of Air Flow

Little or no airflow could mean that the compressor is not working. If certain areas in your home get cool while other’s don’t, there could be a problem with your ductwork. Your AC unit should cool your home consistently and evenly.

Duct cleaning is a great way to make sure your AC is working properly at the beginning of each season, as debris can get stuck in the ducts over time.

5. High Electricity Bills 

If there is a large spike in your electricity bills since last summer, there might be an issue with your air conditioning unit, particularly if electric charges haven’t significantly increased.

A tune-up by a professional can make sure your unit is working properly and that your energy bills aren’t outrageous.

Central Air Not Working? Don’t Panic

If your central air is not working, you shouldn’t panic. A professional HVAC company can address your issues and recommend any repairs or replacements you might need. 

Whether you need installation or repair, we do it all for your home and business. Don’t sweat another minute longer if your AC isn’t working. Contact us to help get you back to feeling cool and comfortable.