You bought an air conditioner for your home for one reason: for it to keep you reliably cooler throughout summer. But it can only do this if you have it maintained and get it fixed when it needs a repair. And considering how much time we spend indoors these days, chances are that you would like your air conditioner to work well, whenever you need it, right? This is why when you do need AC services, you should reach out to our trusted team.
Whether you’re using a traditional central air conditioner, or a heat pump, maintenance and professional repairs are vital. Maintenance helps you avoid up to 85% of the most urgent and expensive repairs you may need, but natural wear and tear ensure that some repairs will be needed over time. So how do you know if that time has come for your system? What symptoms will it show and what do those symptoms mean? Read on to find out!
Symptom #1: Loud or Strange Noises Coming from the System
Your air conditioner shouldn’t make that much noise during operation. Rather, it shouldn’t make any noises you’re not used to hearing. Sure, it’s going to make some sounds. For instance, you’ll hear the motors starting up and the compressor turning on when the system cycles on. You’ll hear the rush of air through your vents. You may even detect a faint rattling of ductwork as temperatures fluctuate within them.
What you shouldn’t hear, though, is clanging, banging, hissing, or anything else that seems abnormal. This can mean you have loose components, components wearing down, or even a refrigerant leak—all of which can be detrimental to your air conditioner.
Symptom #2: Your Indoor Air Quality Isn’t Great
Now, your air conditioner is not designed to be an indoor air quality system. There are specific products and services we offer for that. Your AC system does have an air filter, but this is in place to protect the air conditioner itself, not your air quality.
That said, if you have the right indoor air quality systems in place, but have noticed it’s a bit dirtier or dustier within your home, it can be a sign that you have damaged or dirty ductwork bringing in debris.
Symptom #3: Your Energy Bills Have Skyrocketed
Have you noticed your monthly energy bills suddenly seem a lot higher than they used to be? If you compare them to your utility bills this same time last year, or compare them to what your neighbors are paying, and notice they are much higher, something is amiss. It’s a sign that something in your home is working inefficiently, and it could very well be your air conditioner to blame. After all, your HVAC systems use up half of all your home’s energy, even when they are well-maintained and you stay on top of repair needs!
If you noticed the above symptoms or anything else unusual going on with your air conditioner, the best thing you can do for its efficiency and longevity is give us a call so we can inspect the situation!