5 Signs Your AC Unit Needs Professional Service

Your AC unit is one of the most important parts of your home. It’s also one of the components that’s easiest to break. You can extend the life of your AC unit by learning the signs and symptoms that indicate service is needed, and by taking the time to seek professional assistance to properly service and maintain your AC unit.

Read on to learn the five signs that your AC unit can give to show you that service is needed.

What signs should I look for when evaluating my air conditioning unit?

AC maintenance services can be expensive, which is why many homeowners decide to defer servicing their AC unit. However, AC repair and preventative maintenance is important to extending the life of your system, and to help you maximize your investment. Below are the top five signs to look for that could indicate that service is needed for your AC unit.

1. Noisy air conditioning

Air conditioning sounds should blend into the background, like white noise. You shouldn’t hear loud banging, rattling, or other out-of-the-ordinary noises coming from your AC unit. If you do, it may be time for a repair, or at least an inspection.

2. Fast pacing

If your AC unit flips on and off at a more rapid pace than normal, you should consider getting it serviced. Normally, air conditioning units run on timers, and should be consistently regulating the temperature of the home. Fast pacing or irregular patterns of service could indicate a problem with your unit.

3. Inadequate function

If you can’t feel your AC in every area in your house, that could mean that something is wrong or is blocking the venting system from working properly. This could also indicate a leak, which necessitates immediate attention.

4. Cool humidity in the home

Your home should not be both temperate and humid. If you experience humidity indoors, or see condensation on the walls around your unit, it may be time to make a service call.

5. Thermostat errors

If your thermostat is reading incorrectly, or shows rapid dips and peaks, it’s time to get it serviced. A malfunctioning thermostat could indicate either a computer or regulation issue that needs to be addressed.

Wilmington Air offers top AC service in Wilmington, NC

For over a decade, Wilmington Air has assisted Wilmington, Leland, and Wrightsville residents in handling their AC repair and maintenance needs. For more information and to get started today, visit our website and contact us for a quote at your convenience.

How to Fix a Blank Thermostat

The temperature in your home feels a bit uncomfortable so you walk to your thermostat for an adjustment. But when you get there, the screen is blank. 

If you’re puzzled by a blank thermostat, we’re here to help you fix it.

Causes of a Blank Thermostat

A blank thermostat can be caused by a couple of different things. One cause could be a faulty screen, which is typically evident when your HVAC system is running smoothly but the thermostat screen is blank. 

Another cause could be a power failure, which will usually be obvious and cause your system to shut down and not turn back on.

But perhaps the most common cause for a blank thermostat screen is actually just a clogged drain. 

How Does a Clogged Drain Cause the Thermostat to Go Blank?

Your HVAC system pulls moisture from the air inside your home, and some of it condenses into water and collects in a drain pan that is then routed outside the home. 

The drain can become clogged with algae and debris if not properly maintained. And when this happens, the water gets backed up and the level rises which in turn activates the overflow safety switch that kills the power and causes your thermostat to go blank.  

How to Fix a Clogged Drain and Restore Your Thermostat

The first thing to do is remove the standing water in your drain pan using a shop-vac. Once enough water is removed and the water level drops, power should be restored to your thermostat. 

Then take the shop-vac outside the home where the water drains out of a pvc pipe and use the shop-vac to remove water and debris from the pipe. You will likely see a rush of backed up water come out of the pipe once the shop-vac loosens the clog. This should restore proper function to your HVAC system. 

What If the Thermostat Is Still Blank?

If your thermostat is still blank or the HVAC system is not working properly after unclogging the drain, there may be another issue and it might be time to call in a professional for help. We offer HVAC repair and maintenance and have been serving the Wilmington, NC area for more than 10 years.

Book your service appointment online and our expert technicians will get your thermostat and HVAC system working like new again.