Summer may as well be here already, with the warmer temperatures we’ve already been dealing with in prior weeks. As such, you’re probably already using your air conditioner on a daily basis, and need it to operate as you expect it to. The last thing you need, after all, is an unexpected breakdown when temperatures are at their highest.
The best thing you can do, if you haven’t already, to fend off ac repair needs is to schedule a maintenance appointment for your system—this allows us to fully inspect, adjust, and clean the system while making recommendations for repairs. Still, though, it’s a wise idea to be aware of the signs that an air conditioner does, in fact, need a repair! Keep reading to learn more.
Common Signs Your Air Conditioner Is in Distress
The good news—and trust us, this is good news—is that most air conditioning malfunctions start giving out signs and symptoms long before they actually cause your system to shut down. So while we don’t recommend trying to diagnose or fix problems on your own due to the potentially hazardous components involved, like refrigerant, you can still spot the signs that your system is suffering. These signs include (but are not limited to):
Low Airflow: Conditioned air that isn’t moving through the vents with the speed you expect can be a big problem. It often means that cold air is trapped in the system, causing the coils to freeze—this disables the coils from being able to absorb heat as they should. Even if the coils are unaffected, reduces airflow means something is causing your system to work harder than it should have to in order to reach the desired temperature on your thermostat. This will create undue strain on your cooling system and cause your bills to rise, too.
Reduced Cooling Power: So, what if the air is coming through just fine, but doesn’t feel cool? This is obviously an annoying problem. And it’s one that can be caused by a number of issues, such as low refrigerant levels, overheating components, or breached in the ductwork. You can detect this issue by simply noting if the air coming through your vents is warmer than you would expect. The reason it creates a problem is the same as above—it forces your air conditioner to work too hard.
Short-Cycling: Short-cycling is the term used to describe when an air conditioner is turning on and off rapidly. The problem with this is that your air conditioner uses more energy turning on and off than it does simply running. You want your air conditioner’s compressor to run for no shorter than 15 minutes at a time—otherwise, it means something is amiss with your system.
Weird Noises: This can be anything from humming and moaning to buzzing, clanging, or really anything that doesn’t match the normal noises you notice while your system is in operation. Listen closely when your air conditioner starts up and when it shuts down to see if anything sounds abnormal—and if it does please don’t hesitate to give our team a call.