Air conditioner repair is not a surprise you want when tenants call so this week’s maintenance tip from Keepe is to watch for 6 signs you may need a repair.
The summer heat is here already, in many places, so are the air conditioning systems in your rental properties ready for the heat?
If the answer to that question is a cautious, “I don’t know,” then you might want to call your local air conditioner repair company for an inspection.
When the heat arrives in full force, those rusty appliances could cost you thousands in emergency repairs and lead to miserable, sweat-filled days come July. But how do you know when it’s time to call your local AC repair guy?
Here is a short list of warning signs to watch for.
No. 1- Odd Noises
While humming and rushing air are usually not a concern, any knocking, growling, squealing or rattling could indicate serious trouble with the compressor or the condenser.
It is advisable that you get a professional air conditioner repair company to assess your system before your tenants start calling.
No. 2 – Unusual Odor or Smell
An air conditioner should never give off peculiar smells.
If yours does, it could be a sign of mold, damaged ductwork or malfunctioning components. All these issues require immediate repair if you do not want to end up replacing the unit.
No. 3 – Decreased Airflow
The primary sign of an air conditioning system that is working well is air flow.
Airflow can become restricted in several ways; there can be a problem with the duct work or fan, or a blockage or leak elsewhere in the system. Air ducts blocked by debris can pose a health risk, especially if the debris includes decomposing insects or the droppings of small animals. Polluted air flow can cause the onset of respiratory disease or worsen an existing breathing problem.
No. 4 – Excessive Cycling
Does your air conditioner turn on and off in short intervals?
If so, it may be short-cycling. If your unit seems to cycle on and off more than typical, it could mean that your thermostat is malfunctioning. It could also mean that cold air is escaping; check for leaks and add some weather stripping if needed.
No. 5 – Increase in Energy Bill
A power bill that suddenly shoots up, especially if the unit is not running that often, could be another strong indicator that your system is in need of repair or replacement.
There are multiple causes for this particular issue, including leaks in your AC’s ductwork, a broken thermostat switch, or the advanced age of the unit. Regardless of the source of the trouble, the AC will need to be repaired.
No. 6 – Leaking Water
If you notice that your air conditioning system is leaking water, you need to contact your local air conditioning repair company sooner rather than later.
Not only is this a sign that the AC unit is malfunctioning, but it may also lead to damage to your rental unit. AC systems naturally create moisture and condensation, but in a properly functioning system this moisture should be flushed out through drain lines.
These are just some of the common warning signs to look for when checking on the condition of your AC in your rental properties. If you notice these or any other issues, contact a reputable HVAC repair company before the tenants start calling and the dog days of summer finally arrive.
Keepe is an on-demand maintenance solution for property managers and independent landlords. The company makes a network of hundreds of independent contractors and handymen available for maintenance projects at rental properties. Keepe is available in the Greater Seattle area, Greater Phoenix area, San Francisco Bay area, Portland, San Diego and is coming soon to an area near you. Learn more about Keepe at https://www.keepe.com.