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3 Warning Signs Your AC Unit Needs a Repair

Fix that AC issue once and for all.

Talk to the air conditioning experts at Kearney.


If you own a home with central air conditioning on the North Shore of Massachusetts, then you know what a luxury it is to have a cool and conditioned home in the summer. Of course, with a central AC system comes the responsibility of keeping it running smoothly.

Has your AC unit been giving you trouble this summer? Here are three warning signs that it’s time to schedule a repair for your unit as soon as possible.

Inadequate Cooling

Often, the first sign of a failing air conditioner is inadequate home cooling. If your AC system takes a long time to cool your home, or there simply isn’t any cold air coming out of your air vents, it’s time to schedule a service visit with one of an experienced HVAC specialist. The issue could be as simple as a blown breaker switch or dirty air filter, or it could be a refrigerant leak or blown compressor.

Strange Noises or Odors

Is your air conditioner making an unusual noise, such as loud banging, rattling, screeching, or buzzing? What about unusual odors? Just like with your car, a strange sound or odor coming from your air conditioner is never a good sign. While unusual AC sounds and odors may be mysterious to you, HVAC experts see them all the time. Schedule a repair with a professional who can repair the issue before it escalates into something more serious and more expensive.

Moisture or Leakage

Have you recently noticed a pool of water surrounding your AC unit? The issue could be something simple, such as a clogged air filter or debris in the outdoor unit. Or, it could be something more serious, like a condensate drain system problem or a refrigerant leak. You can’t know for sure without a little help from your local air conditioning contractor. An AC specialist can assess your system and determine whether repair or replacement is the better option.

Need to Replace Your AC Unit? Consider a Mini Split!

If one of our HVAC specialists assesses your system and determines that a replacement makes the most financial sense, it’s a good time to reassess how you cool your home. Central air conditioning can be an excellent and energy efficient cooling option, but we find that many homeowners in the area prefer the custom home comfort that ductless mini splits by Mitsubishi Electric provide.

Mitsubishi Electric mini splits (also known as heat pumps) allow you to create zoned home comfort by installing indoor units directly in the rooms you wish to condition. And because they’re ductless, you don’t have to worry about connecting them to ductwork. Installation couldn’t be more straightforward, and you’ll see impressive energy savings!

Find out what’s wrong with your air conditioner — and if it’s time for an upgrade. Contact us or call 978-388-0845today to get started.