Spring is here, and most of the homes in the area have already begun using their air conditioning systems on a regular basis. Soon, you’ll be using yours for days on end, and in the midst of our patented summer heat waves, you absolutely need it to perform as expected under extreme pressure. The last thing you need is a sudden breakdown and a repair call just when the temperatures hit their peak
The good news is that most air conditioner repair issues give out signs and symptoms well before they force the system to shut down. And while you should never attempt to formally diagnose or repair a faulty air conditioner yourself (they contain dangerous components such as refrigerant that requires formal training and licensing to handle safely), you can still spot the signs that you need air conditioning repair, and take the appropriate measures.
Common signs that you need air conditioner repair can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Low Air Flow. Air that doesn’t move through the vents with the speed that you expect can be a big problem. It often means that cold air is trapped in the system, which can cause the coils to freeze and create similar issues. Even if it doesn’t, the reduced air flow means that the system will work harder than it has to to cool your home: raising strain and bills accordingly.
- Reduced Cooling Levels. Low refrigerant, overheating components and breaches in the ducts can all reducing the system’s ability to cool your air. You can detect this simply by noting if the air coming out of your vents is warmer than you’d expect. It’s a problem for the same reason that low air flow is a problem: forcing your air conditioner to work harder to do its job.
- Short Cycling. Short cycling is the process by which an air conditioner turns on and off numerous times throughout the day without running very long in the interim. Air conditioners use more energy turning on and turning off than they do simply running, which is why you want yours to run for at least 15 minutes at a time. Otherwise, it’s usually the sign of something seriously wrong.
- Weird Noises. A weird noise can mean anything: hums, moans, buzzes, clangs, anything that doesn’t match the normal sounds your system makes when it runs. Such sounds usually start and stop in time with the starting and the stopping of the air conditioner.
- Higher Bills. Sometimes, a problem with the air conditioner won’t show any overt signs, but can translated into excess energy being consumed. In those cases, you’ll likely notice the problem by spotting an unexpected spike in your monthly energy bills: especially if you haven’t run your air conditioner any more often than normal.
If you spot these signs, shut your system off and call in the friendly professionals at Alexander Air Conditioning, Inc. We handle air conditioner repair calls of all varieties in the Panama City, FL area!