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How to Fix a Malfunctioning Central Air Conditioner Before the Problem Gets Worse

By Cristian Stan Subscribe to RSS | June 5th 2012 | Views:

When it comes to the health of a home or other residence, you want to make sure that both the heating and cooling system is in good working order. It's impossible for a home to operate at maximum efficiency if the air conditioner is running at a sub-par level. It makes the most sense financially to look after the health of the air conditioning unit on a continual basis and make repairs as they become necessary. In this article we're going to list a few of the reasons people conduct maintenance on their air conditioners and what to do when problems happen.

1. Decrease In Overall Performance

One of the reasons that people decide to perform maintenance on their central air conditioning units is because their is a decrease in overall cooling performance. Not only is letting the central air operate this way a safety hazard, it also can cause damage to the central air conditioning unit itself. One of the best rules of thumb is to remember that small problems can turn into larger ones in a hurry. Think of the cost of an underperforming air conditioner as far as utility bills go. Make the right choice and look after it.

2. Strange Noises

Get a pad and paper and write down the noises for the AC contractor so he can assess the situation. It makes sense to write things down that you encounter with the unit. Strange sounds can be a precursor to damage to the air conditioner. Remember what the noises sound like, where they're coming from, and exactly when it happens. These are things the AC repairman needs to know.

3. Leaks

Sometimes a malfunctioning central air conditioner will leak refrigerant or other liquids. This is not normal and any liquid left over that isn't related to moist air passing across the cooling coil should be looked at promptly. Don't try and stick a towel under the unit and forget about the liquid you see. It can be a sign of major damage to the AC unit. Also remember that some water is to be expected as the refrigerant is very cold and drips during the summer months. More serious matters include standing water and other liquids leaking on a continual basis.

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