Signs Your AC Needs To Be Repaired

Summer is just around the corner, and that means humid nights and even hotter days are coming up fast. And that means you need to get your air conditioning up and running ASAP.

Making sure your AC system is up and running is one of the most important – and often forgotten – parts of spring cleaning. To avoid suffering through days without an AC, we recommend an annual maintenance call before the temperatures spike. Spot any of these signs? Then get in touch ASAP to troubleshoot and ensure your AC is operating at its peak performance come summer.

#1. Weak or Poor Performance at the End of Last Summer

Has your AC unit’s ability to cool your home been gradually decreasing over time? If you’ve noticed that your house just doesn’t feel as cool as it used to, or that you’ve had to drop the temperature a couple degrees more than “normal” to feel comfortable, then something is more than likely wrong with your air conditioner.

#2. Unusually High Electricity Bills

It’s tempting to blame the kids for the leaving the lights, but a more likely culprit to a sky-high electric bill is a failing AC system. It’s unfortunate -- when a hefty bill arrives, there’s little you can do but pay it. To avoid this in the future, though, make sure your AC unit is functioning properly.

That said, new, more modern systems are energy efficient right out of the box. If your current system is old and you’re looking to cut your monthly utility bills, upgrading can be a cost-effective and rewarding option. Consider a replacement if your AC system is more than 12 years old.

#3. Loud, Clanking Noises

Is your AC unit making funny sounds when it starts up, shuts down or as it’s running? Loud, clanking sounds and other loud noises are, often, an indicator something is wrong with your unit -- likely culprits as loose screws or malfunctioning fans and motors. Either way, it’s just a matter of time before the system fails. Don’t wait until the peak of summer to address these red flags.

Other Signs of AC System Failure:

A bad odor coming from your vents
• The air coming out isn’t cool
• Moisture or sitting water around your system
• AC unit is turning off and on too frequently (or infrequently)
• Your system isn’t turning on

If your air conditioner wasn’t cooling properly at the end of last season, it’s not going to be any better this summer -- in other words, don’t wait. Many homeowners put off AC repairs fearing the expense, which only leads to bigger, more complicated and costlier problems. Annual maintenance is the best and most affordable way to maintain your AC system and keep your home and family comfortable.

If you recognize any of the “red flags” mentioned in this article, it’s time to call an HVAC specialist. Get in touch now to schedule a free consultation.

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