August is the time to enjoy the last of summer while preparing for back to school. Don’t spend the end of summer break uncomfortable in your own house because of higher interior temperatures. Keep cool with an efficient air conditioning unit and don’t be caught off guard by a broken AC unit. Luckily, air conditioning units give off some signs that they are failing. Here are four of the easiest signs to watch for to know if your air conditioning unit needs to be repaired or replaced by the experts at Able Appliance & HVAC Service.

Lack of Airflow

The first sign that your air conditioning unit is failing is a lack of airflow. If you notice a significant decrease in the strength of the air flowing into your home you can know something is wrong. Lower airflow could be a sign of a clog in the air duct or a broken air compressor, which pushes the air through the house. Both of which can be repaired by the technicians at Able Appliance & HVAC Service.

Strange Sounds

It may seem obvious but if your air conditioning unit starts making strange or different sounds than you probably need to call a technician to look at it. An easy tip to know if you need to call a technician is if you start to notice hearing your unit running. If you don’t ever recall hearing your AC unit running before then, it’s probably making a sound that isn’t usual and needs to be assessed.

Gross Odor

One of the easiest ways to know if your air conditioner is failing is if there is a foul or strange smell coming from it. A nasty scent could be a sign that the wire’s insulation has burned out or that mold has grown within the unit or ductwork.


The last thing to look for if you suspect that your air conditioning unit is failing is to look for moisture where it shouldn’t be or hasn’t been previously. An unknown liquid could be a sign that there is a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant contains highly toxic chemicals, so a leak poses health risks for you and your family. Another reason for a leak could be an issue with the condensate line. If the source of the strange liquid isn’t located than it will lead to mold in your AC unit and subsequently more problems hindering your air conditioners efficiency.

This summer look out for these signs that your air conditioning unit is failing to keep your family cool. The sooner you notice a problem, the sooner we can fix it for you. If you don’t think any of these problems apply to your AC unit, but it isn’t performing as well as you would like, please call us at 703-916-0509 or 703-330-4772

to get a technician out to assess and fix any problems.