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Signs That Your Air Conditioner Is Struggling

Summer is just around the corner, which means that it’s time–if you haven’t done so already–to schedule your next air conditioning maintenance session. Professional tune-ups allow our experienced technicians to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it, which ensures that your air conditioner operates as efficiently and effectively as it’s meant to, for as long as it’s meant to.

Maintenance helps reduce up to 85% of the repair costs you may ever need during the lifecycle of your air conditioner. Still, though, it’s important to be aware that even with maintenance, wear and tear does occur–and repair needs can crop up between annual maintenance sessions. Since a year is a long time to wait to address a repair need that could grow far worse and lead to an air conditioner breakdown, it’s a wise idea to be aware of the following signs that your air conditioner is struggling.

If you notice any of these symptoms, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call!

Your Home Doesn’t Seem Cool Enough

Before you simply brush this one off and assume it’s just because it’s so hot outside, we want you to really think about this… if you haven’t drastically changed your thermostat settings this year, you should feel the same level of coolness you did in the summers prior.

If instead you feel like you have to run your air conditioner longer, or you have to set your thermostat way lower than you used to, it’s indicative of an air conditioning repair problem. You may have breached ductwork or even a refrigerant leak. The best thing you can do for your air conditioner, and for your comfort, is to give our number a dial.

Your Energy Bills Are Too High

So this one can be pretty subjective… maybe everyone thinks their energy bills are too high. But what we want you to look at is how your energy bills compare to those of last year. If your energy bills are significantly higher this year, it’s a sign that something in your home isn’t working as efficiently as before.

Since your HVAC systems actually account for half of all your home’s energy use, it could very well be that your air conditioner is to blame.

You Notice Short-Cycling

Short-cycling is the name given to the process when an air conditioner cycles on and off rapidly, never actually completing a full cooling cycle. Not only is this the symptom of an already existing problem, but it will also eventually cause more problems for your air conditioner, exacerbating wear and tear and eventually leading to a premature breakdown.

Forced-air cooling and heating systems are designed to run in 15-minute intervals, 2-3 times an hour. If you hear your compressor cycle on and cycle back off in less than 15 minutes, and it’s doing this far more than 2-3 times an hour, then yes, this is short-cycling. It can be caused by a refrigerant leak, a motor problem, or any number of other potential issues, all of which we are skilled and experienced in addressing!

For professional AC repair in Mooresville, NC, contact Ace Hardware Home Services 

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