Your air conditioner is an important part of your home, but it can be easy to overlook until the moment something stops working the way that it should. If you keep up with a regular AC maintenance plan, you should hopefully be able to avoid any major issues. That said, here are three problems that sometimes pop up with air conditioners and some suggestions for what you can do to fix them.
It's Too Darn Loud
If your central air unit sounds like a jet taking off, there could be a couple issues to look at. The first is just that some debris is rattling around inside the unit. Unplug the unit and remove the cover over the motor. Remove any leaves or other debris you find, and be sure to scrub the fins while you're at it.
If there isn't any debris, the issue might be the compressor. You can fix this issue by simply installing a compressor sound blanket. You can find one at any home improvement store.
The Pad is Sinking
Your central air unit is likely installed on a concrete pad. Over time, this pad can begin to sink into the ground. That's not a huge deal at first, but over time, it's possible the sinking could stretch the lines that connect the A/C to your house. You can attempt to fix this by lifting the pad up (stick a wooden board under it for leverage) and then put some sand underneath it so that is level again. If this still doesn't fix the issue, the entire area may have become unstable and you will need an A/C professional to re-install your central air unit in another location.
One Room is Consistently Warmer Than Others
If your air conditioner works great except for one room of the house that always seems warmer than the others, the issue is likely in the duct system. Get an expert to make sure the ducts are properly sealed. If you are still having trouble, you can install a duct fan that leads into the problem area. This fan will help your A/C's air move along and make it out into the affected spot with greater efficiency.
With regular maintenance and care, there's no reason why your air conditioner can't keep you and your family nice and cool all summer long. If you notice a specific problem that won't go away, contact an AC maintenance pro for assistance.