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Air Conditioner Woes: Warning Signs and What To Do for a Broken AC Unit

broken air conditioner? call ProSolutions
June 6, 2017

While the first things that you can expect if your Air Conditioner is broken are heat and discomfort, there are a few other things that you should expect to encounter when trying to rectify the situation. This will help you avoid potential safety hazards as well as protect your family from health dangers and broken appliances. To evaluate the situation, keep the following symptoms in mind:


Look out For the Warning Signs:

To prevent getting to the point where you’re eating ice cubes just to keep cool on a 100-degree day, keep an eye out for the signs that may indicate that your air conditioner is on its way out. Here are a few warning signs that your Air conditioner is breaking and will soon need repair:


  • You’ve turned your AC on some time ago but it is STILL HOT.
  • Some of your house is cooling off while other parts (that typically cool off) are staying warm.
  • You notice strange, unpleasant, and unfamiliar smells that just won’t go away no matter what you do.
  • Irregular Squeaking sounds coming from your air conditioning unit.



Try to Diagnose the Problem:

In order to save yourself some time and money, accurately diagnosing the issue could go a long way. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a professional with a toolbelt to try and pinpoint the problem. If you’re trying to figure out what exactly is wrong with your air conditioner, follow these simple steps:

  • If your Air conditioner is not working at all, check your electrical unit to make sure that your system is, in fact, receiving power.
  • Change (or clean) the filter.
  • Check the thermostat settings and make sure that they are correct and haven’t been unknowingly tampered with or changed.
  • Check and see if ice has formed on the air conditioner coils. If ice has formed, turn on the system fan in order to melt the ice.


If you do all of these things and you still can’t figure out what is causing the issue, it’s time to call a professional.


Call a Professional:

Whether or not you’ve figured out exactly what the problem is, get a professional on the phone. If you don’t have any previous air conditioner repair experience, trying to fix the problem yourself could result in further damage and a loss of major dollars. Do yourself a favor and leave it to the pros at ProSolutions!


Consider your options:

Depending on how bad the situation is, you’re professional may suggest a replacement rather than a repair. If you do go with a replacement, make sure that you’re keeping your options open and considering the best air conditioning unit for your current needs. Many people are unaware that there are air conditioning options beyond just central or window, but there are! Here are a few of them to consider when replacing your broken Air Conditioning Unit:


  • Central Air Conditioner

This system is most commonly found in North American households and uses a large outdoor compressor and indoor refrigerant coils to cool an entire home. The air is then distributed throughout the home through ducts and vents. This type of air conditioner is popular and effective. ProSolutions offers several AC installation options to help you choose.


  • Ductless Air Conditioner

While this type of system doesn’t require any ductwork, it does function similarly to central air conditioners, or HVAC systems, using an outdoor compressor. These systems while can be initially expensive, are energy efficient and have an essentially hassle-free installation process, however, like window air conditioners, multiple units are required to cool entire homes.

  • Window Air Conditioner

Watch out – these types of air conditioners function best when only used to cool one small to medium sized room. This unit functions similarly to a central air conditioning system, however, if you’re looking to use this type of Air Conditioner to cool an entire house, you will find they can be highly inefficient. At ProSolutions, we can help you with a unit that will serve your entire home for years to come!


To avoid expensive repairs and avoidable replacements, be sure to schedule air conditioning maintenance at least once a year.


Call ProSolutions today to schedule service!