Most Common Mistakes People Make With Air Conditioners


When you’ve been doing air conditioner service in the Minneapolis area as long as we have, you’ve seen it all. We’ve encountered some of the strangest issues imaginable when it comes to air conditioning systems, but no matter what it is, we’re happy to fix it. However, there are some issues that we run into more often than others. So what are some of the common mistakes we see people making with their air conditioners?

Some of the Most Common AC Issues

  • Not performing annual maintenance. Maintenance is one of the easiest things you can do for your air conditioner to increase its life and keep it running at peak efficiency, but many people neglect to do it. The repercussions are expensive, too, as you’ll likely end up replacing your air conditioner more often if you don’t give it the maintenance it needs.

  • Buying units too small for their space. Many homeowners try to purchase the cheapest unit possible for their space, whether they are replacing a unit in their HVAC system or simply buying a window or freestanding unit. Saving money is great, but buying a unit that’s too small to cool your space is not. You’ll end up using way too much energy to cool your space and get disappointing results along the way, likely burning out the unit sooner, too.

  • Waiting too long for repairs. You should get your air conditioner repaired as soon as you know there is an issue. Letting the problem continue on can create much bigger (and more expensive issues).

  • Strange odors coming from the unit. The type of odor might correlate with a specific problem with your AC. Does it smell like vinegar? That sour smell could point to an issue with the condenser unit. Do you smell rotten eggs? That could be a natural gas leak and we recommend an inspection from an expert St. Paul AC specialist right away!

Let our air conditioner service team take care of your cooling unit! Contact Hoffman Cooling & Heating today to make an appointment. Proudly serving St. Paul and the surrounding areas.