Air conditioning repairs are one of those home services you never want to delay. You might be tempted to–especially as the official end of summer nears. After all, as long as your cooling system is still running, if you don’t have repairs in the budget, why bother? Well, one reason is that by ignoring repair needs, you risk the AC system completely breaking down on you when you least expect it, and when you need it the most.
We encourage our customers to always take care of their air conditioners the moment they notice there’s a repair need. This is especially true at the end of the season. First off, the problem could be something that will impact your heater, too–like damaged ductwork or a malfunctioning thermostat. Secondly, neglecting your suffering air conditioner at the end of the summer season could leave you with an unpleasant surprise next spring–a system that just won’t turn on.
Read on as we uncover some of the most common end-of-season AC repair needs we get called for.
The Air Conditioner Simply Isn’t Cooling
This is a pretty apparent sign that your air conditioner needs help. But it’s also one that homeowners often brush off as temperatures cool outside. It might be that they figure they’ll just address the repair need next year, or it only seems like the air conditioner isn’t cooling because it’s not really that hot outside–there’s not a big temperature differential.
But the fact of the matter is, your air conditioner should be cooling your indoor air, period! if it’s not, it can be the signal of a refrigerant leak–which is a much more serious system problem than you may realize. It can also be a number of other things, such as damaged ductwork, which will also impact your furnace–or will prevent you from effectively heating your home too if you have a heat pump.
Your Energy Bills Have Skyrocketed
Do you dread getting your utility bills this time of the year? Sure, your air conditioner’s job is to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long, and that is going to cost money. But it shouldn’t be a drastically high amount. Take a look at your energy bills from this same time last year. If you can, look at what your neighbors are paying for similar AC use this year too. If your bills are a lot higher, then it’s a sign that something in your home is working inefficiently, and it could be your air conditioner. After all, HVAC systems account for about half of all of your home’s energy use!
The Air Conditioner Is Turning On and Off Rapidly
This process is known as short-cycling, and is both the symptom of a problem and the cause of further problems. If your air conditioner has never short-cycled and just started, it is likely some type of electrical problem. If it’s always done this, then we’re sorry to say it but you never had your air conditioner properly sized. Either way, it’s time to give us a call.