a man holding his nose because the air conditioner smells bad
June 28, 2023

HVAC problems are frustrating at any time of the year, but if your air conditioner stops working during an ATL heat wave, your home can become unbearable. If your HVAC isn’t working you’ll certainly know there’s a problem, but there are also other indicators that your system isn’t running properly. 

Knowing common HVAC issues and what to look for can help you keep your cooling system running smoothly throughout the summer. Anchor Heating & Air is your Atlanta source for all of your air conditioner needs. If you see any of these symptoms with your AC give us a call! From maintenance and repairs, to HVAC replacement, our team can find the best solution for your home. 

1. Weird Smells

Mildew and mold are the most common reasons why something smells bad when you turn on your AC. Mold thrives in damp, warm temperatures and can get inside of your central ductwork, polluting the air you breathe every time you use your HVAC. The team at Anchor can pinpoint the source of bad smells with your air conditioner and find long-lasting solutions with AC repair and indoor air quality products to combat excess moisture and purify your air. If your AC has an electrical or burning smell, turn off the system immediately and call for repairs as there could be an issue with your wiring, which can start a fire in your home. 

2. Not Blowing Cool Air

Low refrigerant levels or a dirty air filter can cause warm air to come out of your vents, but it can also be a sign of debris in your ductwork or a malfunctioning compressor. If your air conditioner is still pumping warm air after being on for some time—and you have checked your thermostat and air filter—call the pros at Anchor to diagnose the problem before your air conditioner is damaged further.

3. Strange Sounds

It is normal for your air conditioner to make some noise—especially on extra hot days—however, you should call Anchor for AC maintenance if your system makes buzzing, squealing, or banging sounds. This is usually a sign that something within your system is out of place and should be dealt with before your air conditioner breaks down. 

4. AC is Leaking

Refrigerant lines and drainage pipes in your AC degrade over time, becoming prone to leaks. While some condensation is normal, clogs in your drainage like and refrigerant leaks can cause serious damage to your system if they are left unattended. Look for a large amount of water or brightly colored stains around your AC’s indoor unit.

5. Increased Cooling Costs

Unless you’ve been using your air conditioner more than usual or your electricity rates haven’t significantly increased, your energy bills shouldn’t significantly increase out of nowhere. As air conditioners age, they become less efficient and need to work harder to properly cool your home and high summer cooling costs could be a sign your AC is on its way out. The team at Anchor can evaluate your system to determine if it’s more cost-effective to replace your air conditioner with a more efficient model. 

Extend the Life of Your AC With Regular Maintenance

Regular HVAC maintenance is the key to keeping your system operating efficiently. By detecting issues before they become a serious problem, you can not only extend the life of your air conditioner, you’ll also save on costly repairs. During a maintenance visit, our team will perform a comprehensive analysis of your cooling system and give you a status report on your AC that alerts you to any potential issues. 

At Anchor Heating & Air, we make regular maintenance easy with our EZ-Pay Program. For $20 a month, you can get peace of mind knowing that your system is operating at peak efficiency. Our EZ-Pay maintenance plans include:

  • 2 maintenance visits per year (spring & fall) 
  • 10% discount on repairs & upgrades 
  • 24-hour emergency services

Whether you have a traditional AC or a heat pump, the team of experts at Anchor can help keep your system running smoothly all summer long with our comprehensive AC services. From installation to regular maintenance, you can count on Anchor!

Schedule AC maintenance today and stay cool this summer. Call (770) 942-2873 or contact us online. 

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