How to Recognize Problems with Your Air Conditioner

How to Recognize Problems with Your Air Conditioner

Almost everyone has a love-hate relationship with their air conditioner. When it’s hot outside, your air conditioner is the most prized appliance in your home. As the heat approaches, it’s important to make sure your air conditioner is still working, needs maintenance, or a new one needs to be purchased as soon as possible. The question is, how do we know? Check your air conditioner for the following signs.

The Air Conditioner

Let’s start with the most obvious sign: lack of cool air and airflow problems. If you turn on your air conditioner and the air coming out isn’t cool within a few minutes, your unit isn’t working as it should. The problem could be the result of a clogged pipe or duct, which is blocking the airflow of your air conditioner. It could also have another cause, but in either case you should contact a technician to take a look at it.


All air conditioners generate moisture, but it’s usually not noticeable and the unit can handle it without any problems. If it gets wet around your air conditioner, think moisture from leaks, you have a problem. It could mean several things, so be sure to handle is as soon as possible. You don’t want to contact an air conditioning repair contractor (or buy a new one), a water damage company and a mold removal contractor because your wall or floor is wet and covered with mold.


No one wants strange noises in their home, because it means something is wrong. It could be a ghost, but if the noise is coming from your air conditioner, chances are it has something to do with it. The sound tells you that the unit is (probably) having heating and/or cooling problems. If it’s a (noticeable) squeaking, rattling or creaking sound, you should know it’s time to retire your air conditioner and buy a new one.


Strange odors are also something you’d rather not have in your home. It usually indicates problems in the heating and/or cooling system. An air conditioner shouldn’t smell at all, so when it emits a strange odor, think mold or burning, it should be taken care of. What to do? Contact an (emergency) air conditioning repair company, because those smells can indicate big problems.

Energy bill

Have your energy bills been skyrocketing lately? Then it could be the air conditioner’s fault. The unit is probably working harder than it should. Even if you don’t have the air conditioner on full blast, this could be the reason for the high energy bills. It’s best to have a technician check it out or buy a new one right away.

Repairing or replacing your air conditioner is not a do-it-yourself task, so now there’s nothing left but to look for (local) air conditioning contractors to do the hard work for you.