With the warm weather that Singaporeans face most of the year, many homes are equipped with an air-conditioner to help cope with the oftentimes intolerable humidity. These air-conditioner units run every day the entire year and despite consistent maintenance, it is common to discover that they require repair quite often as a result of its heavy use.
But how do you know for sure when your air-conditioner requires repair? Here are the top 5 signs that it is time to call in the air-con repair man.
Very simply, your air-conditioner is just not doing what it is meant to. You adjust the thermostat to the lowest setting and it still feels like the air outside is cooler than the in the room. This is the one of the obvious and more conspicuous ways to know that yes, your air-conditioner does require the professional services of the repair man as the compressor is not working anymore.
Moisture in the form of water condensation on the outside of the pipes or water leaking from the air-conditioner is a sure sign that you definitely need to get it fixed. This means that the drainage pipe that should be clearing the water formed by condensation is either blocked or broken. The repair man will remove all blockages and/or fix a broken pipe. Once you get a leaky air-conditioning unit, you should call the repair man immediately; the effort and time that you will have to put into collecting the leaked water is frustrating and it is really easier to make that call.
If you start hearing strange loud noises coming from inside your air-conditioner unit, it will be best to get it repaired immediately as failure to do so may result in irreparable damages later on and you might have to pay more for an entirely new unit.
The weird noises that may come from your unit include a squealing sound that means a belt has fallen out of place while a grinding sound indicate that the bearings of the motor are broken; a heavier scraping noise means that the fan is malfunctioning.
More specifically, if you happen to catch a whiff of something burnt emanating from your air-conditioner unit, it might be that one of the wires in the unit has been burnt. Alternatively, a damp and musty smell is an indication that mold is forming inside the air-conditioner or one of the air ducts. Have a repair man open up the unit and make the necessary replacements or clearance.
Your electric bill has suddenly shot up
A less obvious sign that you will need to call in the repair man as your unit would still work perfectly fine with no leaking and strange sounds or smells. If, at the end of the month, you find that your electric bill is unusually high, your air-conditioner may be the reason for the spike. The problem here is that while the unit still emits cool air, it has had to work harder than normal to do so thus the increased power required.
It is important to ensure that your air-conditioner unit is well maintained to prevent any serious damages. Service it regularly and keep its usage reasonable. For enquiries on a reliable air-conditioner service and repair man, visit our Air-Con page and have your units checked and serviced for the brand new year.
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