Life can be unbearable if an air conditioner breaks down in a hot climate environment. Logic dictates that there are all sorts of different parts and components that go into making an air conditioner function fully. A professional will be able to quickly and effectively figure out the problem and be able to suggest possible solutions.
Typically, a professional technician can be available to come to take a look at your system the day you start noticing a problem. A skilled worker can get your unit up and running quickly to avoid suffering through weeks or days without the unit.
When should you call an AC repair professional?
If your air conditioner is performing at a lower efficiency or there is trouble turning it on, a professional can come in and assess the issue or conduct repairs to get it back up and running. If the unit is at the end of its life and the repair specialist can do nothing to save it, they will help you find a new unit to meet the needs of your house. If the system is less than 10 years old and it has problems, it’s time to contact a professional.
Low air flow from vents
If there is little air flow that comes out of the vents, then there may be a problem with the compressor or the ducts. If you’re not getting enough cool air flowing into your home from your air conditioner, you may simply be wasting energy. Solving the issue involves a simple, quick repair, and can have your house comfortable again as well as lower your bills.
Inconsistent temperatures throughout the home
When you are trying to get a lower baseline temperature in the entire home and you find out that there are some rooms that are resisting this, it can be really annoying. While it’s true that upper levels will naturally be warmer than lower ones, if the temperatures are drastically different, it can indicate that you have an issue. Usually what causes this big gap in temperature is something wrong with the ducts, vents, or filters.
Notice bad smells or loud noises when unit is on
When there is something fishy that you smell from the vents there may be a problem between it and the unit. The cause is typically either a burnt wire or mold present inside the ductwork. It’s highly suggested to contact an AC professional if you observe such problems. Hearing noises like scratching or grinding coming from the unit should also warrant a call to a technician.
Unit is leaking
If you see liquid seeping from your air conditioning unit, be aware that while it could be only water, it could also be a toxic refrigerant. Regardless of what the liquid is, however, this issue will always need to be repaired by a professional. An AC repair professional is able to solve the problem by replacing the unit’s condensation tubes if the liquid is indeed water. If the liquid is indeed refrigerant, however, they will need to replace the compromised lines completely.
Thermostat isn’t working
The problem may not be with your air conditioner itself but rather with the switch that turns it on and off. If the problem is found to be a malfunctioning thermostat, it can easily be diagnosed and repaired by a trained professional. Thermostat service often involves recalibrating the temperature settings, as well as checking the wiring, to make sure it is communicating well with the AC unit itself.
Energy bills significantly higher
When you start to get a more expensive energy bill then this may signal a problem with your unit. If your bill has increased, you should seek professional help even if everything seems normal. Such usually means that the unit is doubling its efforts than it needs to and thus needs to be serviced to be efficient again.
How can regular maintenance save you from repair?
Regular maintenance will help keep your air conditioner working well for a good number of years. Most people only use their air conditioners for a few months every year. You might not realize your AC isn’t working properly until you turn it on when the temperature rises at the beginning of the summer.
Regular servicing can help keep your unit working well, but it is also a way for a professional to see if there are any problems that need to be solved to avoid bigger issues. Experts recommend having your air conditioner system serviced at least annually. Try to get your unit serviced before the summer begins so it will be operating efficiently throughout the season. Not only does this save you money by avoiding repeated breakdowns, but it can also save money on costs on energy and long-term replacements.
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