How to Be Sure Your AC is Doing Its Job

Jun 7, 2022

Your air conditioning system is responsible for delivering cool air throughout your home. Thankfully, a typical HVAC system will last around 15 years before it needs to be replaced. However, it’s made up of several components that can break down along the way and shorten its lifespan. Unfortunately, catching these issues isn’t always as easy as your unit shutting off.

Sometimes symptoms pop up around or inside your home that can signal the need for repairs. So, how do you know if your AC is doing its job correctly? Our experts at Hobson AC have the answers. Keep reading to find out ways to be sure your AC is maximizing its efficiency.

To schedule an AC inspection with our experts, call us today at (817) 341-5142. 

3 Common Signs Your AC Isn’t Working Correctly

If you notice these common signs your AC isn’t working correctly, you should call a professional HVAC technician to inspect and repair or replace your system:

  • Warm air
  • Irregular cooling cycles
  • Foul odors

Warm Air

Warm air can mean several things in the AC world. While it may be an easy repair like restoring your fan or fixing thermostat functions, it can also signal the need for serious repairs like managing refrigerant leaks and electrical wiring in your HVAC system. Serious issues should be handled by professionals because electricity and chemicals are dangerous and can be deadly.

Irregular Cooling Cycles

The size of your unit can impact its cooling cycles. While an AC unit being too small for a room or home is a problem, one that is too big also causes issues. A unit that is too large for your home will shut off before a full cooling cycle is up because it reaches the intended temperature too quickly. This allows the room to heat back up before the next cooling cycle starts.

Irregular cooling cycles can also be due to a safety feature on your unit. A modern HVAC system may cut a cooling cycle if it detects voltage that is too high, in order to protect you and your family from electrical fires. Window air conditioners are often sold in 110-volt models, while central air systems need double the power to operate. 

Foul Odors

Depending on which strange smells your AC unit is emitting, it can mean different issues. Musty odors that have a hint of woodiness often signal mold or mildew growing in your unit, while a dirty sock smell likely indicates the need for a filter change. However, some odors can be dangerous, like a gas smell.

If you smell gas in your home or coming from your air conditioning system, you should open as many windows as you can and quickly call your local fire department to inspect your home for a potential gas leak. Gas leaks can poison humans and animals and cause fires in your home.

Trust Hobson AC With Your AC Repairs and Replacements

At Hobson AC, we understand the strange symptoms your HVAC system may be experiencing. Our qualified team can handle any of your AC repair or replacement needs. Serving the Weatherford area since 1962, we are leading experts in the HVAC industry.

Call our team of professionals to schedule your appointment today at (817) 341-5142. 

Air conditioning provides comfort in the most uncomfortable weather, but like everything with moving parts and electrical components, it can wear out. Here are some tips to help you avoid that headache.

Check the Cables

We’ve all had times when fixing a problem was as simple as checking to see if the system is plugged in. Air conditioners don’t have traditional plugs, but they can sometimes trip a breaker. If your system goes down, check its breaker and flip it back on. If it goes off again, call a technician and leave it off.

Take a Good Look at Your Air Filters

It’s easy to forget your system’s air filter. It’s basically out-of-sight, so it’s also out-of-mind. Set up a reminder on your calendar to check it monthly. Replace it or clean it depending on the type of filter you’re using. As a side note, some filters have longer life spans and don’t have to be replaced as often, but know what its time frame is and put that on your calendar as well. Dirty filters can cause a number of problems for an air conditioning system, and they should not require professional assistance in changing.

Check the Fan Blower Belt

The fan that moves air through your system has a belt that can sometimes wear out or get loose. It’s best to replace it if it shows signs of age because a damaged belt can cause ice to develop, and that can lead to greater problems including the need to replace the system completely.

Make Sure the Thermostat Has Power

Another thing that’s easy to forget is your thermostat has a battery, and we all know batteries eventually need to be replaced. Check your batteries regularly, and replace them with new, high quality batteries. Cheap batteries can die too soon and inconvenience you more often.

Maybe It’s Simply Too Hot

Whether we like it or not, there are times when the outside heat is just too high for an older or incorrectly sized system. If your air conditioning system can’t keep your home cool, it’s quite likely it’s because it’s incapable of doing so. An air conditioning system designed for a smaller house will work itself to death trying to cool your home, but it’ll never accomplish the task. It may be time to set your discomfort aside and seek a better solution be calling a professional to assess your system’s capabilities and make a recommendation.


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