Common Warning Signs to Watch For
Flipping the switch usually brings familiar sounds as your swamp cooler or central air kicks on. When someone says “What was that noise?” you may need to look over your unit. From loose belts to clogged filters, there are a number of small things that occur as part of the natural wear and tear of usage. Address these problems as they come up and you’ll get the most out of your unit’s lifespan.
My Swamp Cooler is Squeaking!
The switch went on, the motor sprang to life and there’s cool air coming from the vents. It seems as if everything’s working well, but what is that squeaking sound? If you don’t check on it, that squeaking sound could mean you spend a few days without air conditioning!
Look for loose screws, any metal flaps that seem to be out of place and examine the drive belt. Tighten any screws you find, check to ensure the belt isn’t frayed or cracked and has enough tension. Squeaking can also be a sign that the bearings need to be oiled. If you schedule regular spring maintenance for your swamp cooler, issues like this can be caught before they pose any danger to the mechanical function.
The A/C Shut Down, But It’s Still Hot!
Is your unit set on a thermostat and keeps clicking off before you’re comfortable? If the house still seems warm, but you’re getting plenty of air through the vents, you need to check the thermostat itself. Where is it located? If it’s directly beneath one of the vents, it may be reading the cool air flowing through as the household temperature.
Does your A/C continue running after the house is already chilly? Placement is an issue here, too. A thermostat positioned near an appliance—such as a freezer or refrigerator—can pick up the heat it gives off and read that as the household temperature. Is the thermostat in direct sunlight? You may need to have it relocated in order to get accurate usage.
R&R Heating & Air can help you with yearly maintenance on your A/C and prevent these issues from arising. Contact us today to stop problems before they start!