As the weather cools down and you start to enjoy autumn events and celebrations, it’s easy to forget about your air conditioner. It’s done a lot of work during the summer, and perhaps you’re thinking it deserves a bit of rest. But just how exhausted is your air conditioner? Taking a break for the season won’t resolve any actual problems, so if your air conditioner is exhibiting any of these warning signs, you should get your AC repaired so it will be ready again when you need it.
Is your air conditioner just making the usual soft whirring from the fan and humming from the compressor? Or are there other sounds going on? If you hear anything like rattling, buzzing, hissing, screeching, or banging, it’s time for AC repair in West University Place, TX.
When a cooling cycle is running, do you feel a strong blast of cold air from the vents? If you only feel a trickle coming out, you’re not getting the cooling power you deserve. It may be that a problem with the ductwork is allowing that sweet, sweet cool air to escape before it gets to you.
What if the air is blasting out strongly enough, but it just isn’t cold? Because this could mean a component is overheating, re-warming the air before it comes out of the vents, it’s important to have it checked out right away.
When you turn your thermostat down, your air conditioner should turn on promptly. If it takes more than a minute or two, something is wrong. Addressing it now can mean avoiding a bigger problem—and a more-expensive repair—which could result if you allow it to continue to struggle.
An air conditioner is designed to work in cycles: starting the compressor, cooling your home significantly, turning the compressor off, and waiting until the temperature rises again before starting another cycle. This should happen at 15- or 20-minute intervals. If it’s happening every few minutes, it’s a sign of a significant problem, but there are a variety of possible causes.
It’s important to have a professional diagnose the issue, and it’s well worth your while. The startup is the part of the cycle that uses the most energy, so going through that every two or three minutes wastes energy and drives up your utility bill.
Even if your AC unit isn’t short cycling, there are other problems that can cause your utility bills to increase. In fact, without annual maintenance, an air conditioner loses about 5% of its efficiency every year. Regular wear and tear add up, but you don’t want those bills to add up. A repair can mean increased efficiency and decreased energy costs.
Cool Care is a family-owned and -operated business, fully licensed and insured, and our work is 100% guaranteed—in writing! Our team is happy to help put your mind at ease by addressing these concerns before you retire your air conditioner for the season and start thinking about your heater.
Reach out to Cool Care Heating and Air Conditioning, The Best Care for Your Air.