Air conditioners in Texas really have their work cut out for them. The cooling season is long and sometimes the temperature outdoors is over 100°! The summer might be ending for school-age kids, but we know you still need your air conditioner to have your back during the hot early-autumn days. In gratitude for all our air conditioners do for us, and in the hope of your air conditioner lasting through the rest of the cooling season and far beyond, let’s make sure you know how your AC system lets you know when it has a problem.
If you have kids, pets, or plants, you are probably well aware of the signs that they need a visit to the doctor or vet, or maybe just some extra fertilizer. Your air conditioner can’t tell you when to schedule an AC repair in Katy, TX but it does give you some signs that you can be on the lookout for. If you notice any of these things, you should reach out to a professional to help you get to the bottom of the issue.
1. Bad Noises
Air conditioners are meant to make noise, but the noise should be consistent, and not terribly loud. Anything unexpected or new should be cause for concern, especially sounds like banging, clattering, buzzing, hissing, or rushing water. New, loud noises from your AC unit can be caused by a wide variety of components needing repair.
2. Bad Airflow
If you can barely feel the flow of air from your air conditioner, or you notice that the cool air isn’t making it throughout your home and is leaving hot spots that never get cooled, you should have it checked out. It may be a problem with a fan or with blocked or disconnected ductwork.
3. Bad Air Quality
Dusty air choked with particles and specks is not what you want flowing out of your air conditioner. It’s not good for the mechanism and it’s not good for your lungs. It may be that there is a lot of dust build-up in your ductwork, or a leak in a duct allowing contaminated air in.
4. High Energy Bills
If your electric bill is outrageous when you need to cool your home, or if the monthly bill has been creeping higher and higher while your AC use hasn’t increased, it’s time to have your air conditioner looked at by an experienced technician. Inefficiency can be caused by various problems, some very simple and some more complex. Your technician can diagnose the exact cause, and repair is a much better use of your money than wasted electricity.
5. Short Cycling
Air conditioners run in cycles, just like furnaces, beginning when they get too far from the target temperature and ending when they have brought your home just past the target temperature, then resting for a bit. This cycle should last at least 15 minutes, so if the AC is cycling on and off every few minutes, there is a problem.
Reach out to Cool Care Heating and Air Conditioning, The Best Care for Your Air.