The scorching heat of summer in Alabama is no time to discover a broken air conditioner. It only takes a matter of minutes without a running AC to turn a comfortable living space into an unbearable situation.

Before you decide if you need a new air conditioner, let’s take a look at common problems and if they can be repaired, or if you need to go with a full replacement.

No Cold Air

This is the most obvious sign there is a problem, but the cause is not always so clear.

An air conditioner that no longer puts out cold air could be low on freon. This does not call for a new system, but you do need to call a professional to have this fixed right away.

Another cause could be a worn-out compressor. This can be a costly repair, and depending on the year and make of the unit, it may be best to go with an updated, newer model.

There are several options to choose from when it comes to a new unit and here are 5 types to be aware of.

Slow Air Flow

Maybe the air is cold, it’s just not getting out as it should. Cold air is unless, and expensive, if you can’t even feel it.

An easy fix might be a blocked or broken vent. This could be a relatively easy fix if the blockage is found quickly enough.

Unfortunately, this could also be another indicator of an issue with the compressor. Unless you know for sure where the problem lies, it is best to let a professional take a look.

AC maintenance will also keep a unit working at peak performance.

Pooled Water Around the Unit

A certain amount of water condensation is expected around an AC, but large puddles of water is a different story.

Not only does this mean there is a serious problem with your unit and you may need a new air conditioner, if left too long it can also affect the surrounding flooring or even create a mold problem.

Strange Noises

If you want to tell if your central air conditioner is broken, hearing strange banging or rattling noises is a good sign.

The internal motor that keeps everything running smoothly can sometimes just wear out. Belts, bearings, and other components will break over time.

If your AC unit is keeping you awake at night, you need to call an expert right away to avoid a complete breakdown.

Uneven Cooling in the House

Sometimes the problem with an AC that isn’t cooling right isn’t with the unit itself or the thermostat setting. It could be the thermostat itself.

If the thermostat is defective or just gone bad, this can be an easier fix than having to buy a whole new unit. Just make sure you have a professional confirm this is the problem.

Don’t Live With a Broken Air Conditioner

Now is not the time to suffer from a broken air conditioner.

There are many things that can cause one to stop working, and you need to act right away to get the cool air flowing as soon as possible.

Whether it is a simple repair or a brand new system, we are here to help.