5 Signs Your AC Is Overworking to Keep Your Home Cool

November 9th, 2021

When you live on a tropical island, you need an air conditioner that functions properly. However, as Hawaii’s climate remains at a constantly warm temperature for the majority of the year, the possibility of your AC overworking itself increases significantly. 

Whenever you find yourself asking, “Why is my air conditioner not cooling the house?” there is most likely a common cause that your AC technician can quickly repair.

Tech inspecting AC that is overworking

To help identify potential signs that your HVAC system is overworking itself, we have devised a list of the five most common signs to keep in mind the next time your AC isn’t working as usual. 

High Utility Bills

Typically, the first and most obvious sign that your air conditioner is overworking itself is a high monthly electricity bill. An overworking AC usually results in a high electricity bill, especially when you don’t use the system any more than usual. Therefore, if your bills are higher than average and you are not consuming more energy, an overworking AC is most likely the culprit. We recommend contacting your maintenance team.

Increased Humidity

More often than not, if your home has been muggy lately, the reason is that your HVAC system is too large for your home. Therefore, its powerful compressor turns off before adequately humidifying the air. Over time, your air conditioner can become damaged due to overworking by frequently turning on and off before an entire cycle is complete. In this instance, you may have to consider replacing it with a smaller unit to achieve your desired results.

Strange Sounds Coming from the AC

Of course, all air conditioners produce sounds, with larger and more powerful units louder than others. However, loud, mechanical noises emitting from your AC usually warrant further investigation, as this could be a sign that your HVAC system is overworking itself. 

When your AC has been in use for years, its internal components have been subjected to wear and tear. Such wear and tear can lead your AC to malfunction. As a result, your AC overworks itself while continuing to operate in this state. In this instance, contact your servicing company immediately, as prolonged use can lead to significant damages and costly repairs. 

AC Fails to Cool Home

Another noticeable sign of an overworking air conditioner is when you notice that it is not cooling your home as it shoulds. Even on the hottest days, your AC should still be able to achieve a comfortable temperature in your home. However, if you turn down the thermostat and make sure your unit is running and it is still hot, then the internal components of your AC have likely been damaged due to being overworked. Therefore, you need an appointment with a technician.

Hot and Cold Spots

When your air conditioner is running, and you have checked that all of your vents are open, yet only a few rooms in your home are cool, then your HVAC system is probably overworking itself. This issue generally results from a burned-out compressor, which is a severe issue that requires immediate attention from a professional.

Island Comfort Air Conditioning

If your AC is not cooling your home correctly, it could be experiencing complications from being overworked. Luckily, at Island Comfort, air conditioner repairs are our specialty. 

We are proud to provide HVAC installation and maintenance services to the residents of Hawaii. No matter what issue you’re experiencing, we are the company for all of your HVAC-related needs. 

For additional information in regards to our products and services, contact us today!