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Summers in Broussard, LA, are long, hot, and humid. A breakdown of your air conditioning system could have a big impact on your comfort and well-being. Be aware of these top signs of an impending AC repair and find out what you should do if you notice any of these problems.

Unusual or Loud Noises

A properly functioning air conditioning system operates quietly and only makes a few sounds. Normal sounds include a click at the start of a cycle, whirring of the fan, and whooshing of the air blowing through your home’s vents. If you start to hear banging, clanking or grinding sounds, something is off-balance, loose or broken. A hissing sound could mean a refrigerant leak or duct problem. If you hear loud or unusual noises during a cooling cycle, your air conditioner needs repairs.

Warm Air or No Air Flow

Warm air blowing from your home’s vents means that you’re in need of AC repairs. The air conditioner could have a refrigerant leak, dirty air filter, obstructed condensate line or thermostat problem. If there’s no air coming from the vents, but you hear the outdoor compressor unit running, there could be an issue with the fan, a sensor or wiring, explains the Department of Energy. All of these issues require prompt professional repairs.

Frequent Cooling Cycles

On a hot day, it’s normal for your home’s air conditioner to cycle frequently. However, it shouldn’t turn off only to immediately turn on again. This is called short cycling, and it suggests a problem with the cooling system. There could be an issue with the capacitor, a sensor or thermostat. Your air conditioner could also have a refrigerant leak. Allowing the air conditioner to continue short cycling could result in a total system breakdown. Short cycling causes excessive wear and tear and shortens the system’s lifespan.

For more details about the signs that your air conditioner needs a repair, check out Fontenot’s Air Conditioning & Heating’s AC repairs, or call us today.

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