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Unleash Your 5 Senses: How Do I Know If My AC Needs Repair

Published May 17, 2023 / By Big Bear Heating & Air


As the summer heat starts to creep in, the last thing you want is an air conditioning system that’s not working well.  But how can you tell if its time for some AC repair magic? In this blog, we’ll explore how to use your 5 senses to indicate your AC might be in need of some repair. Lets dive in, and uncover the secrets to using your senses to keep your AC running smoothly all summer long!

Hearing: Listen Closely

Your AC should hum along quietly, providing soothing white noise on a hot summer day. If you start hearing clanking, grinding, or banging noises, it’s definitely a cause for concern. Unusual sounds can be indicative of loose or worn-out components, such as fan blades or belts, which require immediate attention from an experienced technician.

Smell: Detect Unpleasant Odors

Does your AC system emit unpleasant odors when it’s running? If you catch a whiff of mustiness, mold, or burning smells, it’s time to take action. Lingering odors could indicate mold or mildew growth within the system. Hiring an HVAC technician can help diagnose the source of the smell and eliminate it, leaving your home smelling fresh and clean.

Touch: Feel for Temperature Changes

Place your hand near the air vents and assess the temperature of the air being blown out. Is it cooler than the surrounding room?  That’s a sign that something’s not right. If you find yourself fanning yourself in frustration instead of enjoying a refreshing breeze, it’s time to call in the repair experts.

You may also notice that you’re AC system is struggling to push out air.  If you feel weak airflow coming from your vents, it could be due to a clogged air filter, blocked ductwork, or even a malfunctioning blower motor. A professional repair can identify and rectify the problem, restoring strong airflow to keep you feeling comfortably cool.

Sight: Cycling On and Off

If you notice that your air conditioning is cycling on and off too frequently, it could be a sign of an underlying problem. This behavior, known as short cycling, not only affects your comfort but also puts unnecessary strain on the system, potentially leading to higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan for your AC unit. A repair technician can diagnose the cause of the short cycling and restore your AC’s optimal functioning.

Taste: Well, Not Exactly

While taste may not directly apply to your AC system, the metaphorical taste refers to your intuition. Trust your gut feeling if you sense that something is off with your AC. If you have a hunch that your cooling system isn’t performing optimally, it’s better to be proactive and call in an expert for a thorough inspection.

Bonus Sense: Common Sense

Lastly, common sense comes into play. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your AC in top-notch condition. Don’t wait for signs of trouble; schedule routine maintenance to prevent issues before they arise. This proactive approach ensures that your AC system operates smoothly and minimizes the need for major repairs.


By tapping into your 5 senses (hearing, smell, touch, sight, and taste) you can become an AC detective, identifying signs that your heating and cooling system needs repair. Whether it is from lack of cool air and weak airflow to strange sounds and odors, these signs are clear indicators that it’s time to call in the professionals. So, don’t let a faulty AC system ruin your summer vibes! Embrace your 5 senses and ensure your AC is always in top shape to provide the refreshing comfort you deserve.

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