Air Conditioner FAQ:

Ever hear a funny noise from your air conditioning system and wonder what is that sound? Or wonder if it is time to replace your system? Here are some frequently asked questions that we get about AC:

How do I know if my air conditioner (AC) is broken?

  1. If your AC won’t turn on, try turning on the fan to see if the blower has any power.
  2. If your air filter hasn’t been changed in over a month, the built up debris could be preventing proper airflow.
  3. If your thermostat is blank, it may need new batteries.
  4. If you checked all of these items, you may need to call a professional.

Why is my AC making noises?

  1. A light humming sound is normal for an AC, but if you start to hear unusual sounds like buzzing, banging, rattling, this could be a sign that something is definitely wrong. Do not ignore the loud noises and call an expert.

What should I do before turning on my air conditioner?

  1. Before you fire up your AC you should change your filter and clean the condenser and surrounding yard. Then have a professional AC tune-up to prepare for the hot spring/summer days.

When should I replace my AC?

  1. AC’s can last somewhere between 10 to 20 years, sometimes longer if well taken care of. If you are continuously having problems with your AC and it is older, it may be more cost effective to have it replaced.

Why is my AC freezing up?

  1. Most of the time when an AC freezes up it is caused from lack of refrigerant or air flow to the evaporator coils. If you notice that the AC is freezing up, we recommend turning it off to prevent further damage.

Why is my AC leaking condensation? Should I be worried?

  1. A little condensation can be normal, however leaks can usually indicate that there’s a problem with the way the condensation is draining.

If you are experiencing any of these problems, we always recommend changing your filter and to get advice from an expert. To ensure that your air conditioner has a long life expectancy, we recommend yearly tune-ups before the hot season begins.

If you have any other air conditioning questions, feel free to give us a call at 715-580-0741

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Signs Your AC Needs Repair

Air conditioning problems always seem to occur at the worst possible times. Having an AC system that works is very important to your family’s comfort and well-being. If you can notice small issues early enough, it could save you more money in the long run. Some signs that you may need a repair or replacement soon include:

  1. Strange noises 

When the AC is turned on, if you hear any abnormal scraping, grinding, or squealing noises, there may be a problem with the blower being out of place within the unit itself. Contacting an HVAC technician as soon as possible can help cause additional damage to other parts in the unit. 

  1. Blowing warm air 

No one purchases an air conditioning system for it to blow warm air. If your AC is not blowing out refreshingly cool air, this is a sign to have an HVAC technician take a look at it. 

  1. Weird smell

If there is an odor coming from the air conditioner, then there is a problem. A smell can be a sign of a burned wire or even mold somewhere inside of the unit. This can cause your family to get sick, and we recommend having someone come to your home as soon as possible.

  1. Weak airflow 

If you are feeling cool air, but very weak airflow, this is a sign of a dirty coil or a dying blower motor. An HVAC specialist will need to investigate the uncertainty of this issue. 

  1. Leaking moisture 

This is a sign of a refrigerant leak. You should contact a professional as soon as possible because refrigerants can cause unhealthy breathing air. OR the moisture may be from a blocked tube that is getting rid of the condensation. You may notice leaking or you may have ice inside the AC unit on the refrigerant lines outside of the condenser. Either way, call an HVAC specialist. 

  1. Expensive energy bills

Is your energy bill higher than normal and you haven’t been using AC anymore than you usually do? This could be from an outdated thermostat, leaks, or the age of your air conditioning unit. 

  1. High humidity levels

One of the jobs of an air conditioning system is to also help keep lower the humidity in your home. If you notice increasing humidity in your home, you may need a repair. 

  1. Thermostat not working

Think of your thermostat as the command center of your AC unit. It communicates to the AC to let it know how much cold air it needs to create. If it is turning itself off after periods of time, or not turning on at all, this may be a thermostat issue. 

If you are experiencing any of these issues, it may be time to give your heating and cooling specialist a call. It can save you money in the long run, by fixing the problems sooner than later. If you have had your air conditioner for over 15 years, it is a possibility that it may be time for a new air conditioning unit. 

Call Northland Professional Heating & Cooling today, explain the issues you are having, and a specialist will be able to help get you on the schedule as soon as possible.