With temperatures staying relatively cool for now, you may not be using your air conditioner on a 24/7 basis. Therefore, if it’s shown any signs of disrepair, you’re probably tempted to wait. But soon enough those temperatures will rise again, and the last thing you need is to be stuck with a completely broken-down AC system when you need it the most. So why wait? Now is as good a time of any to take care of your air conditioning repair needs.
Of course, in order to do this, you need to know you have AC repair needs in the first place, right? Keep reading to learn some of the most common signs that you have an air conditioner in need, and contact our team when you’re ready to schedule service.
When you turn on your air conditioner, you expect a certain level of comfort. So, if the air coming through your vents isn’t as powerful as it should be, this is understandably a problem. In many cases, a lack of powerful airflow means cold air is trapped in the system. This can subsequently cause the coils to freeze, and create other issues as well. Even if this doesn’t occur, reduced airflow causes your AC system to work harder than it should have to, increasing wear and tear and energy bills.
There are a number of things that can contribute to a loss of cooling coming from your air conditioner. It can be that you have a refrigerant leak—which needs to be repaired before being refilled (a process we call recharging)—overheating components within the AC system, or ductwork damage that’s allowing cooled air to escape into unoccupied places in your home.
Reduced cooling also causes your cooling system to work harder, as you turn up the thermostat to try to compensate. Additionally, if you neglect this type of repair need, the source of the problem can only worsen.
This is the name given to the process where your air conditioner turns on and off rapidly—numerous times throughout the day instead of regular cycles. Since your air conditioner uses more energy just to turn on and off than it does to run, this will wear down on your air conditioner.
Ideally, you want your air conditioner to run for 15 minutes at a time. If yours differs from this, there is likely an underlying problem that needs addressing.
If you’ve had your air conditioner for a while, you’re probably pretty familiar with the normal sounds of operation it makes. So if you hear anything out of the ordinary—such as banging, clanging, whistling, or humming—it’s a sign that something is amiss and needs attention.
It may be something as benign as a worn out component that needs replacement, or it can be something more serious, like a refrigerant leak. Since proper diagnosis can only be done by a trained professional, we urge you not to wait if you hear any strange sounds coming from your air conditioner.
Contact Envirotech Air Quality Services today for expert air conditioning services throughout the greater West Palm Beach area.