Spring has officially arrived, and soon enough summer will be here again. High temperatures seem to arrive sooner every year, and without a reliable air conditioning system in your home, you’re apt to feel the heat far more often than you’d like. If there are any problems with your air conditioner, now is the time to take notice of them and plan for repairs. Only a trained technician can properly diagnose any problems that arise, but you can help your cause out by looking for certain common signs of a problem with your air conditioner. We’ve provided a shortlist below.
- General Tips. As a general rule, anything that seems out of the ordinary with your system – any discrepancies in its function – are cause for concern. You’d be surprised how attuned you are to the sounds and sensations of your AC functioning as it should. If something seems off for any reason, shut the system down and call in repair service.
- Noises. Noises translate to hums, bangs, clanks, rattles, whistles and anything else that doesn’t match your expectation for normal air conditioning functions. In most (but not all) cases, the noises will start and stop with the starting and stopping of the system.
- Warmer Air. Hot air coming out of your system is usually a giant red flag, but a similar problem can emerge if the air is still cool, just not as cool as you’re accustomed to. This can be caused by refrigerant leaks, breaches in the ducts, overheating components, or perhaps an issue with the evaporator coils.
- Low Air Flow. Low airflow means that the air coming out of your vents is lower than you expect, or not present at all. If the reduced airflow is limited to one vent, the problem likely lies in the nearby ducts. If it affects all the vents, it likely lies in the system itself.
- Higher Bills. Obviously, you haven’t been running your air conditioner for very long this year and might not have had time to check the monthly bills in a meaningful way. But if your bills last summer were higher than expected, chances are there’s a problem with the system in need of correcting. This is especially the case when an older air conditioner is involved.
An ideal way to check for these issues and others like them is to schedule spring air conditioning maintenance from a trained technician. He or she will examine the system closely and spot any signs that it needs repair, allowing you to schedule repairs at leisure. In addition, they permit the technician to correct countless little issues, such as loose bolts and fittings, that can help your air conditioner perform more effectively. Even if you don’t need further repairs, it will help you get your system operating at its maximum potential this summer, cutting monthly costs and lowering the possibility of an unanticipated breakdown happening.
Trust Intelligent Air Services for air conditioning maintenance, installation, and repair services throughout the Austin, TX area.