In the hottest regions of the world, air conditioning is a must for daily survival, and life can be sheer misery without it. Malfunctioning air conditioners usually require the attention of a professional.
Many AC repair services can provide same-day service in the event of a breakdown. This way, homeowners don’t have to suffer through hot weather for weeks without having an air conditioner because an expert can fix the problem quickly.
When should you call an AC repair professional?
Whether an AC unit performs less than optimally, or it just won’t turn on, a professional will know what to search for in it to get it back to work. If the unit is on the verge of its end and there’s nothing the repair expert can do to revive it, they can help you find a new unit that can meet your home’s needs. If the unit is under ten years of age and it’s having issues, here are a couple of signs it’s an ideal opportunity to call a specialist.
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- Low air flow from vents
- Inconsistent temperatures throughout the home
- Notice bad smells or loud noises when unit is on
- Unit is leaking
- Thermostat isn’t working
- Energy bills are significantly higher
- How can regular maintenance save you from repair?
Low air flow from vents
If the unit is on, yet there is little air getting through the vents, this could flag that something isn’t right with either the compressor or the ducts. Airflow problems make it difficult to cool your home efficiently and your system could be using more energy than its worth. A professional can give it a quick repair to return the unit’s efficiency.
Inconsistent temperatures throughout the home
When you want to cool down your home, but a few rooms just won’t cool off, it’s a bit frustrating. While it’s true that your higher levels are going to be warmer than ground level ones, if the temperature is drastically different, it can mean there’s an issue. What usually causes this big gap in temperatures are problems with the filter, vents or ductwork.
Notice bad smells or loud noises when unit is on
Right when you see a horrendous stench starting from the vents when the unit is on, there may be an issue some place near the unit and the vent. This may because of mold in the ductwork or burns in the wire. Either problem is something that requires the attention of a professional. Hearing noises like scratching or grinding coming from the unit should also warrant a call to a technician.
Unit is leaking
A leak from your air conditioner could be nothing more than water, or something as dangerous as refrigerant. Any sign of leakage from your AC unit should prompt you to call in a professional. If the fluid turns out to be water, usually the AC professional will replace the condensation tubes. If the cause is the refrigerant, the involved refrigerant lines will be replaced.
Thermostat isn’t working
The problem could be as simple as a defective on/off switch. An AC expert will always check out the thermostat to see if that’s the issue, and repair or replace it if necessary. Thermostat service often involves re calibrating the temperature settings, as well as checking the wiring, to make sure it is communicating well with the AC unit itself.
Energy bills are significantly higher
A higher energy bill than usual is a warning that something is troubling the unit. When the bill is unexpectedly high, you should call a professional to check the unit out. Often the cause of your increased energy consumption is an AC unit that is working harder to keep your home comfortable.
How can regular maintenance save you from repair?
A well-maintained air conditioner, like a well-maintained car, will extend its useful life. In most parts of the United States, people use their air conditioners for only a few months every year. If you haven’t used your AC since last summer, you might not realize it’s malfunctioning until you turn it on during the first uncomfortably hot day of the season.
Regular maintenance calls give a technician the opportunity to spot potential problems before they can become serious. Air conditioning professionals recommend an annual maintenance visit at a minimum. Try scheduling a service call before temperatures start to climb in the summer, so that your unit is working at peak performance throughout the hottest months. This will allow you to save on the cost of energy and repairs.
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