Routine maintenance keeps you comfortable, keeps your utility bills lower, and keeps your AC working when you need it most. If your AC hasn’t been inspected by a professional in more than a year, you may be seeing signs. Will you recognize the signs for what they are? Check out the most common signs alerting you to the possibility of an AC repair and perhaps a replacement:
Did You Cringe at the Amount of Your Utility Bill? Higher than normal bills is a good indication something is wrong. An increasing bill with no explanation means your AC is working harder than it should be and it can’t keep up with the comfort you need. A simple repair may fix this and get you comfy right away. Don’t ignore it though, your comfort is number one as is the longevity of your system.
Short-Cycling. Short-cycling is when your unit goes on and off for short periods, and often. See this as a sign that there may be an issue with the heat exchanger. A professional can analyze this problem and get it fixed properly.
Weak Airflow. There’s nothing worse during our hot summers, than getting a mere vapor of cool air when what you long for is gale force wind-level air flow from your vents! Are we right? If your compressor is failing, don’t expect your AC to perform like it was designed to perform. Check out each room for strong airflow coming from your vents. If the problem is throughout your home, get the compressor checked right away. If the weak airflow is only in one or two rooms, you may have blocked ductwork, which also needs to be looked at by a professional.
Did You Notice Leaks or Moisture? Your AC shouldn’t have any moisture or water leaking. If you have seen these issues, you’ll want a professional to take care of this. It’s possible that the condensate drain is blocked but it could also be more serious as in leaking refrigerant. Your overall comfort is our priority and when there are leaks or moisture that leads to mold and mildew which affects the quality of the air in your home. If the refrigerant is leaking, that means there are holes in the system components, or it could mean that your unit is old and needs to be replaced. Either way, let us help you get this resolved asap.
You’re Hearing Strange Noises. If you’re hearing weird noises in your home, and your relatives have already left from their impromptu visit, then this could be your AC talking. We recommend that you turn it off and contact us. Identify the noise: Do you hear squealing? This could be a slipping belt that needs to be replaced or some system parts need lubrication. Is it more of a metal grinding noise? This could be worn out bearings or your AC unit needs to be replaced.
You’re Smelling Strange Odors. Electrical problems can emit strong pungent odors. If you’re smelling musty or mildew odors, you could have mold growing in your unit and this can mean leaks and accumulating moisture where you don’t want it.
The Age of Your AC. With age comes wisdom, but with an AC, not so much. If your system is older than 15 years, then it’s probably time to have it replaced. Call us to get your replacement scheduled BEFORE the desert heat is in full effect. We don’t want your comfort compromised due to an emergency in the height of the season! On a good note, a new AC unit adds value to your home, and can save you money in the long run.
Consider all of these warning signs and reach out to us today so we can evaluate any issues/warning signs you are currently experiencing. Regular service can reduce the risk of being out of your comfort zone, and in this case, it’s not a character building exercise – it’s a hot sweaty mess! Let us help! Our goal is to keep you and your family comfortable and happy and there’s also the fact that we don’t pack boxes and move people to cooler climates – just saying.