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4 Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Repair

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An air conditioning unit can make hot summer days bearable. However, if it starts to malfunction, it can cause serious issues. You may need air conditioning repair services if you notice the following signs: 

High Humidity in Your Home An air conditioner that is working correctly will regulate the humidity throughout your home, keeping it at a comfortable level. If your air conditioner is not functioning well, one of the first things you may notice is that the humidity of your home is too high. The air may feel damp, your windows may fog or the indoor air may feel similar to the outdoor air. 

Unexpected Loud Noises An air conditioning unit that is working appropriately will make a low humming noise, which may get louder or softer if it needs to work harder based on the outdoor temperature. However, if you notice that the air conditioning unit is making thumping noises, a high-pitched whine or sounds as if the metal is scraping on metal, it's time to call in a professional to evaluate the situation. 

Inaccurate Thermostat The thermostat on the air conditioner regulates the way the machine runs in order to cool your home. If the thermostat is not working correctly, however, you may find that the air conditioner doesn't turn off when it should, or that it shuts off too soon. An inaccurate thermostat can quickly run up your power bill. Alternatively, it can mean that your air conditioner simply doesn't turn on when it should. To stay cool and comfortable, it's important to call a contractor to fix any thermostat issues that arise. 

Bad Odors  Your air conditioner circulates air throughout your home. If you notice that this air smells like mildew, dust or another unpleasant odor, there may be something wrong with the unit. If it's a window unit, the filters may need to be cleaned, while if your home has HVAC, the ductwork may need to be cleaned. An HVAC contractor will be able to help you eliminate the issue. Avoid living with a bad odor wafting through your home, as it can cause issues with your breathing or trigger respiratory allergy symptoms. When you notice one or more of these signs, your air conditioner is likely in need of repair. Contact a local HVAC professional and explain the problem that you're having. They can repair your equipment and return your home to a cool, comfortable state.