Let’s say it’s one of the hottest days of the year, and you have just come back inside your home after hours outside. You are probably looking forward to the cool breeze you’ll be greeted with when you enter your home.
Well, imagine the unpleasant surprise if, instead of being greeted by that cool and comfortable breeze, you return to a home that’s not much cooler than it is outside. Apparently, something has gone very wrong with your air conditioner.
Of course, it’s important to remember, first off, that this is certainly not the only indicator that your air conditioner needs some kind of repair. You may need a bit more intuition to know when to call us for professional AC repair. Read on as we uncover some other common signs of an air conditioner in disrepair:
Strange or Loud Noises
Have you noticed that your cooling system has gotten noisier lately? This could be because of a number of things. For instance, a component may have been knocked loose, or ductwork has become damaged and is rattling as a result. You might even have a completely broken component. Whatever the case may be, it’s time to give our team a call.
Lukewarm Air Coming Through the Vents
Your air conditioner has one job: to keep you cool. So, if you feel warm air coming through the ventilation system, it’s a pretty apparent sign that your cooling system isn’t doing that one job.
That said, we want you to check on a couple of things before giving us a call. First, look at your thermostat. Is it in cooling mode? Unfortunately, sometimes an HVAC pro will show up at a home only to realize that another family member switched the thermostat settings based on their own cooling preferences, even by accident.
Secondly, take a look at the air filter. Your HVAC air filter needs to be changed or cleaned every 1–3 months. Otherwise, it can get too clogged up, disrupting airflow and making it seem like the air coming through your vents isn’t as cool as it should be.
Perhaps the air coming through your vents is cool, but it doesn’t seem as strong as it should be? If this is the case, it likely means that, like we just mentioned, you have a clogged air filter. Another possibility is that the blower fan isn’t operating as it should.
Have you ever discovered that your air conditioner is rapidly turning on and off? This process is known as short-cycling and is damaging to your air conditioner. It’s not only a symptom of a problem, it can also cause problems for your air conditioner if not addressed properly.
Your Energy Bills Are Higher Than Average
Take a look at what you’re paying on your energy bills compared to what you were paying this same time last year. You may also want to compare what you’re paying to what your neighbors are paying. If it’s significantly higher, it means something is causing the system to work inefficiently.