The main function of a standard air conditioner unit is to remove excess moisture in the indoor air environment, as well as transfer lingering indoor heat to the outdoors.
When the heat and humidity of weather rises to a substantial amount, the air conditioner can certainly take a toll. This is especially true for properties whose AC unit is not properly sized or maintained regularly. An air conditioning system that is too large for a property will not provide a higher capacity of cooling; it is simply not necessary. All this will do is make utility bills more expensive.
An air conditioner that is too small for a property will not be able to handle the job of removing the excess heat and moisture from the home. It will be forced to work too hard, and will eventually fry or breakdown.
There are several signs that can suggest a malfunctioning air conditioner, or too much moisture indoors. If you are experiencing more than one of these signs, it is time to call for professional assistance. The longer you allow moisture to stay present inside your home, the more potential there is for long-term damages like mold growth and wood-warp.
Here are the most common signs that AC unit is on the fritz:
Condensation on Appliances
Wet or Musty Smell Indoors
Damp Feeling in the Air
Incorrect Thermostat Readings
Increased Utility Bills
Sweating Outdoor Unit
If any of these situations are happening in your home, you may need emergency air conditioning repair and service. Many times, these problems can be solved with a simple part replacement, but many others will require an entire system exchange or repairs.