Cooler weather has arrived, and while we still get a few periods of intermittent heat here in Southern Texas, most homeowners have turned off their air conditioners and turned on their heaters. It can be easy to ignore any lingering signs of trouble with your air conditioning system: things you may have ignored over the summer since our lengthy heat waves made the prospect of turning off the AC difficult at best.
But those repairs should be dealt with sooner rather than later, and waiting until spring means the issue is likely to get worse. Now is the ideal time to handle any problems with your air conditioner, since you have all winter to schedule the repairs with a trained technician.
And you definitely need to leave air conditioner repair to the pros. AC systems contain potentially dangerous components like refrigerant which require formal licensing and training to handle safely. Without a professional working on the problem, you’re apt to make it worse or even injure yourself in the process. You can, however, notice the signs that something is wrong and call in a service to help. Such signs can be almost anything. The only connecting factor is that they don’t correspond to what you normally consider the way your air conditioner behaves while it’s running. Common signs can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Strange noises, such as bumps, whistles, and hums, that you don’t normally associate with the air conditioner. In most cases, those noises will start and stop when you turn your system on and off.
- Low air flow from your vents, or air that isn’t as cold as you are used to. In both cases, the reduced efficiency will crank up your bills, as well as add to the stress and strain on the air conditioner or other components.
- Short cycling, which is when the air conditioner turns off and on again multiple times throughout the day.
If you spotted these signs over the summer and weren’t able to have them repaired at the time, this is the right moment to get them addressed. Why? Simply put, you have all the time in the world to get them addressed. You likely won’t need your air conditioner for several months, which means you don’t have to reorganize your life to accommodate the needed repairs. It also avoids a scramble before air conditioning season begins in the spring—lowering the chances you’ll overlook it in the midst of other pressing tasks. And it can often reduce the cost of repairs as well, since the problem won’t have a chance to get worse as dust and lack of use gather on the system throughout the winter.
If you don’t detect these signs and aren’t sure if your system needs repairs, professional maintenance can be the answer: letting a trained technician take a look at your air conditioner and determine if it needs a little tuning up, or something more in-depth.
For Austin, TX air conditioning repair and maintenance services, call Intelligent Air Services today!