Fall is officially here, and soon enough it will be time for you to start thinking about your heating system. In fact, if you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to schedule heating maintenance.
You have likely been using your air conditioning system pretty consistently over the last several months. The last thing you need is a sudden breakdown or huge repair need when you still need your system to work for at least a few more weeks.
We have some good news though! Most AC system repair needs show symptoms and signs well before they cause your system to break down. So if you notice anything now, it’s a great idea to give us a call right away. This way, you’ll be able to rely on your system not only for the rest of our warm weather, but when you begin using it as temperatures warm up again next year, too. Read on to learn what the signs of a system in disrepair.
These Symptoms Indicate an Air Conditioner in Need of Repair
Remember, it’s important that you not formally diagnose or repair a faulty air conditioner now your own. This is partially because they have potentially harmful components like refrigerant. However, you can absolutely spot the signs that your air conditioner is struggling and then give our pros a call! Here are the most common signs:
- Low Airflow: Let’s say that you’ve noticed that the cool air you’re used to having rush through your vents doesn’t seem to have the same power or speed as before. This is not only the symptom of a problem, but can cause other problems. Low airflow can be caused by a number of things. You may have damaged ductwork that is letting conditioned air escape into unoccupied spaces like your attic or crawlspace, for instance.
- Reduced Cooling: Maybe your airflow is fine, but the air doesn’t seem as cool as it should be. Factors such as refrigerant leaks, overheating components, or ductwork damage can all be the culprit of a decreased ability to cool your living space. Reduced cooling, like reduced airflow, is both the symptom of a problem and a problem in itself. Ultimately, it will cause your air conditioner to run longer to do its job of cooling your home effectively–which is highly inefficient.
- Short-Cycling: Short-cycling describes the process where an HVAC system turns on and off rapidly without ever running for very long. Your AC system uses more energy turning on than it does simply running. You want yours to run for at least 15 minutes at a time. Otherwise, it’s a sign that something is amiss with your air conditioner–it’s typically a sign of an electrical problem. That said, if your air conditioner is relatively new and has always short-cycled, then it’s a sign that your air conditioner wasn’t appropriately sized, to begin with, and you may want to talk to our team about your replacement options.