ac repairAbout two-thirds of all homes in the U.S. have air conditioners, but AC units have to work a little harder here in Nevada. That’s why it’s always disappointing when homeowners neglect to perform basic HVAC maintenance, and why your local HVAC repair company is so busy at the start of summer.

Most people don’t call our HVAC company in Sparks, NV, until they encounter a serious problem. But if you wait too long to schedule inspections or repairs, you might have no choice but to purchase an expensive new cooling system. Often, it can take weeks or months for a problem to turn into a full-blown cooling crisis. If you own an air conditioner, watch out for these three common AC problems and their most likely sources:

Cool Air Stops Coming Out

Your AC unit only had one job: blowing cool air throughout your home. No cool air could mean a few different things, but the most common issue is that the AC unit’s filter clogged up after months of heavy use. If room temperature air is blowing, take a look at your AC’s filter. If it’s brown and clogged with dirt — or if you don’t remember the last time you replaced the filter — a simple trip to the hardware store should be the only remedy you need.

Ice forming on an outdoor AC unit is also another common sign of a clogged filter. If replacing the filter doesn’t solve the problem, then call an AC repair company right away.

Weird Noises

Strange noises coming from your cooling system can be evidence of more serious issues. If there is a grating or squeaking sound coming from your AC unit, you should immediately contact repair services. Since these sounds can actually mean more dangerous issues, you should not attempt to fix this issue yourself. You should immediately consult with an experienced and professional HVAC company if you hear any strange noises coming from your AC unit.

AC System Completely Stopped Working

The past few years have seen some of the hottest summers ever recorded, so there is no doubt that your AC probably worked harder than ever to keep you and your family cool. If your AC unit simply won’t turn on, it’s most likely one of the following issues:

  • Your thermostat is broken. Check the batteries and look for other obvious signs of a busted thermostat.
  • Electrical problems are perhaps the most likely culprit. Check your circuit breaker.
  • If you’ve ruled out the above problems, then it’s possible your AC unit has simply reached the end of its lifespan and it’s time for new AC installation.

No one wants to greet the heat of summer with a surprise AC repair bill. To avoid these common AC issues in the first place, contact North Valley Heating and Air to take a look at your HVAC system today.