3 ways to know your air conditioner isn’t working properly

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Summer is still here, so make sure you're air conditioning still is running smoothly.
Summer is still here, so make sure you're air conditioning still is running smoothly.

Summer might be winding down, but there’s still plenty of it left -- meaning, air conditioners will need to be in use a bit longer.

But how do you know when your air conditioner isn’t working properly?

Jimmy Sanchez, general manager of One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating in Houston, gives three signs that an air conditioner isn’t working like it should be.


1. The emergency drain line is leaking.

There’s typically an emergency drain line that comes out of the side of a house, and if it’s dripping water, that’s something to get looked at, according to Sanchez.

“That’s your first sign or indicator you want to check,” he said.

2. Air coming through the vent is not as cool as it should be.

When the air feels warmer then it should through the vents, despite the fact that the system is running, Sanchez said it’s a sign that the condenser is not pumping freon like it should.

3. The system shuts off entirely.

This can be a nightmare on a really hot day, but it can happen -- and it’s a sign to get the unit checked out.

“If you have an AC problem, make sure you contact a professional,” Sanchez said.

For information on air conditioning units, what are the best-sized units for your home and the best payment options if you’re purchasing a new one, click or tap here to find out how the team at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating can help.