Signs That Your Air Conditioning Unit is Failing

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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.

August 2017




Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia & North Virginia including: Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Burke, Bristow, Clifton, Dulles, Dumfries, Fairfax, Falls Church, Great Falls, Herndon, Lorton, Manassas, McLean, Oakton, Reston, Springfield, Sterling, Vienna, Woodbridge

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Most people use microwaves daily to thaw frozen foods, reheat leftovers, and cook meals. Common problems your microwave can develop include:

  • The plate won’t turn.
  • The microwave doesn’t turn on or off.
  • The door won’t close or open.
  • The microwave doesn’t heat properly.
  • It makes strange or loud sounds.
  • The light stops working.
  • The touchpad won’t respond.

Call to schedule a repair today if you notice any of these warning signs.


Whether you own a separate freezer or only the one on your refrigerator, you count on it to keep perishable items frozen for later use. If the freezer fails, you may lose hundreds of dollars worth of food. Some warning signs of freezer malfunction include:

  • Water leaks
  • Frost or ice buildup
  • Strange sounds
  • Temperature variations
  • Constantly running compressor

The freezer also might just stop working.

Ice Makers

Many people enjoy the convenience of built-in ice makers. Signs that yours isn’t working correctly:

  • Ice is fractured, frosted, or strangely shaped.
  • Ice won’t release from the mold.
  • The outside ejector doesn’t produce ice.

Common issues include clogged water lines, incorrectly set thermostats, unlevel mounting, and clogged water filters.


Gone are the days when someone had to wash dishes by hand in the sink daily. Most people use their dishwashers every day to avoid that manual task. You may notice:

  • Your dishes aren’t clean after a wash cycle.
  • The dishwasher won’t run.
  • The machine won’t fill or drain properly.
  • Your dishwasher has a foul odor.
  • Operation makes more noise than usual.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service can diagnose and repair your issue.


Every kitchen has a refrigerator. Some people have them in garages and offices too. We count on these essential appliances to keep our food fresh. It’s time to schedule a repair if:

  • The refrigerator operates constantly or won’t come on at all.
  • The temperature is too hot or too cold, not adjusting with the thermostat.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.
  • The water dispenser won’t release water.
  • The appliance makes loud noises.

Most of these issues are easily repaired.

Ovens, Stoves, and Ranges

Families that enjoy home-cooked meals and freshly baked desserts rely on their ovens and stoves. Owners can choose gas or electric appliances, and the repair issues can differ for each type. However, the problems you may notice remain similar.


  • The oven won’t heat to the set temperature correctly or at all.
  • The interior light won’t come on or turn off.
  • The self-cleaning feature doesn’t work.
  • The door won’t open or close.
  • Your food cooks unevenly.
  • Your controls aren’t responsive.
  • The heating or broiling element won’t ignite or come on.

Stovetops and Ranges

  • Eyes won’t ignite or power on.
  • Temperatures don’t adjust to your settings.
  • The indicator lights don’t work.
  • Turning the eyes on produces sparks or strange smells.
  • Bubbles, cracks, or blisters appear on the cooktop or coils.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service technicians can repair all brands of electric and gas ovens, stoves, cooktops, and gas range tops.

Washers and Dryers

Everyone needs clean clothes, sheets, and towels. Our washers and dryers make that easy to accomplish unless they stop working properly. Each appliance typically gives you signs that repairs are necessary.


  • Water won’t fill or drain.
  • Water overfills or leaks.
  • The agitator won’t spin.
  • The washer vibrates excessively or makes loud noises.
  • Unpleasant odors persist.
  • The door doesn’t open.
  • The machine ruins your laundry.
  • The washer won’t turn on or stop


  • The dryer doesn’t power on or only runs for a short time.
  • The dryer won’t heat or overheat.
  • The machine takes too long to dry laundry.
  • The drum won’t spin.
  • The dryer is too noisy or vibrates excessively.
  • The laundry has wrinkles or lint.

These appliances come in many makes and models, and Able Appliance & HVAC Service can repair them all.

AC and Heating

When your heating or air conditioning isn’t working properly, your home can quickly become uncomfortable. Common issues you’ll notice are:

  • The air isn’t heated or cooled to the correct temperature, the heat blows cold air, or the AC blows hot air.
  • The unit runs constantly or won’t turn on.
  • Fluid leaks from your inside or outside units.
  • Your system is too loud.

Schedule a repair appointment to avoid further damage if you experience any of these problems.

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