5 Signs Your Air Conditioning System Needs Attention

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When the air conditioning system in your Slaton, Texas, home doesn’t seem to be cooling as well as normal, you may wonder whether you should be concerned. An air conditioning system will often provide some warning signs when it needs attention from an HVAC technician. Keep an eye out for some of the most common signs and know who to call for assistance.

Lack of Airflow

When the air coming through your vents feels weak, the compressor in the air conditioning system may be failing. Unfortunately, the compressor is one of the most vital components, so this type of issue may end up requiring a total system replacement. However, a lack of airflow can also be caused by other potential issues. For example, if your ductwork is blocked, the air won’t be able to move through the ducts properly. Even a dirty filter can cause issues with the flow of air to the rest of the house.

Keeping up with regular HVAC maintenance can reduce the risk of having this problem at your home. During an AC tune-up, your technician will inspect all the components and take a look at the ductwork to see how well air can flow through it. If they spot any warning signs during that maintenance service, you can have repairs performed right away instead of allowing the system to continue to run inefficiently.

Warm Air Coming Through the Vents

If the air conditioning system isn’t able to provide cool air throughout the space, this can indicate that the unit is running low on refrigerant. When an AC unit runs, it relies on refrigerant to remove heat from the air before redistributing the cool air throughout the space. If your unit has a leak, the refrigerant can escape, resulting in a lack of cooling ability.

Warm air coming through your vents can also indicate a problem with the compressor. Even a failing thermostat could be to blame, as it may not be communicating properly with the rest of the AC system. Contact one of our HVAC technicians if this problem is impacting the indoor temperature at your home.

Stinky Odors

Unpleasant odors are never fun, especially when they’re coming from your HVAC system and impacting the air throughout your home. The smell of natural gas could indicate the presence of a gas leak, which is a concerning issue that you should address immediately. An electrical smell could mean the wiring is giving out, while a musty odor often means you have moisture within your ductwork or cooling unit. Even something trapped within your ducts could cause a strange smell that permeates the house.

You may want to invest in regular duct cleaning to prevent debris from settling in the ducts and impacting the quality of the air you breathe indoors, as well as impacting how well the AC can move air through the ductwork. Duct cleaning can remove odor-causing bacteria and debris from causing unpleasant smells in your air as well.

Strange Sounds

Although an HVAC system makes some noise when it operates, you may notice some unusual sounds coming from the unit when something is awry. The sound of metal grinding on metal could mean that the motor bearings are not working properly. If you hear a squealing sound, a belt may have slipped out of place or come loose. A lack of lubrication on the metal components can also result in a grinding or squeaking sound. The sound of knocking could indicate a more serious problem that should be addressed by an HVAC technician.

Thermostat Troubles

If your thermostat is reading the wrong temperature or otherwise behaving strangely, you may just need a new one. Luckily, this is a fairly easy fix in most cases. If you’d like more control over your indoor temperature, you may want to upgrade to a smart thermostat that you can access from an app on your smartphone or tablet. These units connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network and often come with energy-saving features that help you keep your heating and cooling bills under control.

If your air conditioning system is showing signs that it needs some attention, our HVAC technicians at Bruce Thorton can help, so contact us at (806) 589-1014.

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15:59 09 Sep 20
Confused how this company has so many stars and yet, we have had nothing issues. Salesman came out and told us how to... fix our issues. Suggested some changes in duct work would improve the flow of air to far bedroom and the whole house. His words were "it will feel like a meat locker". That never happened. (But come on, we live in Texas, "meat locker" was a little extreme and our exceptions weren't that high!! We at lest wanted the house to stay at 70 unlike 75-80+.) We also knew the unit was old and we expected to replace the whole unit. He said we didn't need one and doing the duct work would be enough to improve the cold air.After the work was done, we realized NO air was flowing in one of our sons room. The room was RIGHT by the ac unit. Had to call them and wait 3 plus days, for them to attach the air duct to his room. (because they didn't do it the first time, even AFTER walking through the house to double check everything). They had to come adjust/fix things three times. They put the wrong size return, realized they needed to add another vent, and so on...Needless to say NOTHING has changed expect the $3,000ish dollars missing from our account. House was still as hot as it was before they came. To be clear, money wasn't an issue. We wanted it cool in the house.Called another a/c place to see what they would say. Wanted to know if we were expecting something impossible...or what other suggestions they had because we were getting nowhere with BTAC. The other company gave us several suggestions and change a few things and that improved the air instantly.Contacted Bruce Thornton after speaking with the other company, to let them know what was said to us, to give them the opportunity to fix mistakes, give suggestions, or anything. We expected more pride in their work. Not for them to view us complaining because we wanted a discount on the bill. Which was not the case.It makes me sad that we wasted money that changed nothing. We should have got a second opinion, or maybe done more research before we gave them the go ahead. We were disappointed they weren't willing to fix mistakes and or even give more options to fix the a/c. It felt like they got their money and they were done with us. We were willing to pay for a new a/c unit, but were told we didn't need one, we needed to get the duct work changed. That is why it is even more upsetting, because we were going to give them more business, but because of this, we moved to another company.It is always good to get a second opinion. That is the lesson we learned through all this.read more
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