Each passing year in Connecticut gets a bit warmer than the last. It isn’t just that the summers are getting hotter. Every year, we’re turning on the air conditioner earlier and keeping it on later and later into the year. Since air conditioning keeps us safe in addition to keeping us comfortable, when a problem occurs, air conditioner repairs are urgent. Good news: the same company you rely on for air conditioner installations in Norwalk & Nearby area is the same one you can trust for quick and accurate HVAC repairs: Climate Care.
Types of Air Conditioning Systems in Norwalk, CT & Nearby areas
There are a few types of air conditioners we won’t repair, like window units and portable air conditioners. But central air conditioners, ductless split systems, and heat pumps from any major brand are all fair game; we install them, repair them, and also provide air conditioner maintenance to ensure they last as long, and work as well, as they should.
Common Air Conditioning Problems
What are some of the more common air conditioning problems you might experience?
Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air
This is a common complaint that can have a myriad of causes, ranging from settings (see below) to mechanical issues.
Unusual Sounds and Smells
If your air conditioner sounds different than usual, including grinding, thumping, or squealing noises, it’s often a sign that something’s either too tight or has come loose. It’s an easy fix if it’s not neglected, but not if you ignore it. Similarly, odd smells — something musty, mildewy, or otherwise unusual — can mean moisture in the system, poor drainage, or contaminant growth.
Signs of Water
This, too, can have multiple sources. A system that’s improperly sized, or one with poor drainage, can leave puddles, condensation, or what appears to be a drip or leak of unknown origin. If you notice these, get in touch.
Poor Air Quality
Indoor air can be filthy, filled with everything from VOCs to cigarette smoke, dust, human and animal dander, molds, mildew, and more. If you notice respiratory conditions, allergies, or asthma acting up, call us for indoor air quality services.
Other Air Conditioner Problems
Sometimes one room isn’t as cool as the others, or your unit short-cycles. Sometimes you’ve decided to fix the problem yourself only to make it worse. For these and a myriad of other air conditioning issues, Climate Care is always here to help.
Signs You Need to Call an Air Conditioning Professional
When should you call for HVAC service? We suggest you start with a few simple troubleshooting tips, and if you’ve moved down this list and still experience a problem, pick up the phone. Air conditioning systems are as expensive as they are complex, and DIY “fixes” often cause as many problems as they solve.
- Check to make sure the thermostat is set to the right temperature
- Make sure your heat isn’t still turned on, and if you have a heat pump or split system that’s capable of both heating and cooling, make sure it’s set correctly
- Ensure the emergency shutoff switch isn’t in the off position
- Check your breaker box, since a power surge can trip the breaker
- Make sure your vents are open
- Change your filters, since many issues — from poor airflow to unusual smells — can often be solved with this one simple step
Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioning?
Average Lifespan of Cooling Systems
- Central air lasts 12 to 15 years on average.
- Heat pumps lasting 10 to 12 years.
With age, efficiency drops, your utility spend climbs, and repair bills can begin to pile up. If you’re not sure whether you should try to get another season out of your system or if you’re better served by a replacement, that’s another great reason to get in touch.
How to Get in Touch with an AC Pro in Norwalk, CT
It isn’t difficult finding an HVAC contractor that’s licensed, bonded, and insured. But that’s only half the picture. The experience and qualifications Climate Care technicians bring to the table can’t be beaten. They’re what allow us to diagnose and fix your air conditioning problems right the first time, and with 24/7 emergency AC repair service, Climate Care is always a call or click away.