Florida is hot and humid much of the year, so your AC must work harder and longer than one in a cooler climate. Tri County Air’s HVAC experts in Bradenton are ready to help whenever you need them. But knowing when you need AC repair in Bradenton or anywhere in Manatee, Sarasota, or Charlotte County is the trick to avoiding an emergency call or more costly repair or replacement. 

Here are a few signs it’s time to schedule an AC repair visit:

The AC Is Blowing Only Warm Air

When it’s sweltering outside, the last thing you need is more warm air. Call an HVAC technician if the air blowing from your vents is warm or not cool enough. A lack of cool air can mean the system is low on refrigerant or a sensor is malfunctioning. The severity of the issue can vary significantly. A trained technician can find the source of the problem and provide a repair that restores the flow of refreshing cool air.

Airflow Is Limited

Weak airflow makes it hard for cool air to circulate. The cause can range from a clogged filter to a duct leak to a failing compressor. A thorough inspection lets a professional identify why not enough air is blowing from vents. The underlying cause is often easier to fix than bigger problems that can result from putting off service.

The Thermostat Is Malfunctioning

Call for AC repair in Bradenton if resetting the thermostat doesn’t help cool your home. The air conditioner shutting off soon after it starts running is also a sign of a problem. A thermostat senses when the system is operating and measures the temperature throughout the cooling cycle, whether the AC is on or off. If the thermostat stops working, the cause can be mechanical or electrical.

Your Home Is Too Humid

Regularly cleaning and replacing the air filter should help your AC manage humidity levels. But call for help if you properly maintain your system yet notice your house is muggy. The system may need to be repaired.

Loud Noises from the AC

Rattling, thumping, or banging sounds often come from a damaged motor or blower assembly. A failing compressor or fan motor may produce an irritating screech. If you hear a hissing sound from an AC unit, it may have a refrigerant leak. A faulty electrical component can emit a buzzing noise, while a bad relay can cause a clicking sound when turning the unit on or off.

The AC Produces Strange Odors

Cooled air should be crisp and fresh. If you notice a burning smell, a wire or electrical component in the AC may have burnt out. A musty smell can mean mold is growing in the unit or your air ducts. A sweet or chloroform-like odor can point to a refrigerant leak.

Uneven Cooling

Your air conditioner should maintain the same temperature in every room. If one room is extremely cold and another is too warm, your AC may need to be repaired. A duct leak or insulation problem is another possibility. Call a professional to determine the cause before the system breaks down.

The Unit Is Leaking

Any type of AC leak is bad. Refrigerant is toxic, so a leak must be fixed immediately. Aside from the potential health effects, the issue can cause the compressor to burn out. A water leak often means there’s a condensate drainage problem. If not fixed, it can lead to mold and water damage. Frozen coils can cause leakage too. An HVAC technician must address the immediate issue and its underlying cause.

Your Electric Bill Is Too High

When your monthly utility bill is suddenly much higher, your AC may not be your first thought. But many issues can cause it to run less efficiently, which increases electricity usage. Finding the cause requires a thorough inspection, so the technician can diagnose and fix why your AC is being overworked.

Call Tri County Air for AC Repair in Bradenton

Available 24/7, our certified technicians can fix any problem, regardless of the make or model of your air conditioner. A 1-year parts and labor warranty covers each repair; a 30-day guarantee ensures you won’t be charged if we must come back and diagnose an issue related to a recent repair. Our technicians are professional, prompt, and thorough and work quickly to restore cooling in your home. To schedule AC repair in Bradenton or elsewhere in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte Counties, call (941) 485-2222.