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The Most Common Air Conditioning Issues to Watch Out For

The Most Common Air Conditioning Issues to Watch Out For

When summer comes and the heat rises, air conditioning issues can also arise. If you’ve been regularly maintaining the air conditioning units in your rentals, you shouldn’t encounter any problems. However, unexpected issues and repairs can still sometimes happen, even with regular maintenance. When this happens, you need to call your AC repair person and have the issue checked out. Here are some common air conditioning issues to look out for:

1. Unusual noises

Consistent humming and sounds of air rushing are normal but knocking, clanking, rattling, and growling noises are not. This could indicate trouble with the compressor or the condenser.

In this situation, it’s best to call a professional AC repair person or company to assess what is causing the problem.

2. Strange smells

If you can smell a strange odor coming from the air conditioning unit, something is wrong. An air conditioner should never give off odd smells. A peculiar odor could be a sign of mold, damaged ductwork, or a malfunction in its components. 

Call a professional AC repair person immediately to avoid having to replace the unit altogether.

3. Decreased airflow

When you, or the tenant, notice decreased airflow from the unit, this is another sign that the AC unit needs to be checked. There might be a problem with the fan or the duct or a leak elsewhere. A blocked air duct can be a health risk because animal droppings or insects could block it. This will pollute the airflow and may cause respiratory or breathing issues.  

4. Leaking water

Air conditioning units naturally create moisture and condensation, but if it’s leaking water, you need to get it repaired as soon as possible. Not only is this a sign that there is something wrong with the AC, but it can cause damage to the property’s walls or floors as well.

5. A sudden increase in energy bill

An energy bill that suddenly increases, with no apparent reason, is another strong indicator that your air conditioning unit needs to be repaired or replaced. It might be caused by leaks, a malfunctioning thermostat switch, or the advanced age of the unit.

6. Excessive cycling

This means that the air conditioning unit is turning on and off in short intervals. If it seems like the unit is cycling on and off more than expected, the thermostat might be broken. This can also mean that cold air is escaping the unit. Have a professional AC repair person check for leaks.

These are some of the most common issues in air conditioning units. The best way to prevent these problems is to have the AC units regularly cleaned and maintained. This will help avoid any last-minute repairs or replacements. A well-functioning AC unit will also keep your tenants happy throughout a hot summer.

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