The last thing you need this summer is to be stuck in an uncomfortable living space, right? Well, if you do want optimal comfort and quality of life, then you need to take proper care of your home’s central air conditioning system. This appliance is one of the most specialized systems in your home and requires years of training and extensive experience to know how to properly work with.
Just like your vehicle or any other large and important piece of equipment, your air conditioning system needs routine maintenance to keep operating as it should. It’s a lot easier (and more affordable) to address problems with this system while they’re still minor, rather than waiting until they are an emergency—and maintenance lets that happen.
Even the best air conditioners on the market have a lifespan of about 10-15 years. Help your household get the most out of your system by staying on top of not only maintenance, but repair needs too.
“Wait, How Do I Know If I Need AC Repair?”
This is a great question! While this is something we check on during your annual maintenance sessions, it’s a good idea to be aware of the signs of an AC system in disrepair throughout the year. This is vital for keeping your system running as effectively and efficiently as possible after all. Read on for some signs that your air conditioner may, in fact, need repairs:
Poor Cooling Output: This probably seems like an obvious air conditioner problem. This unit is tasked with keeping your home at an even, comfortable temperature. Poor cooling output could be caused by something as simple as a slow refrigerant leak that requires a recharge (refill) in order to bring the system back to high standards again.
One possibility is that it’s something minor, like an air filter that needs replacement.
But you should never brush a problem off as minor. This could be the sign of something like a failed compressor or an iced-over evaporator coil. Regardless, it’s time to call a technician if you notice poor cooling output.
A Decline in Airflow: Let’s say that suddenly, you notice what used to be a robust blast of air through your home’s vents has become weak and puny. There could be a couple different problems going on here—your HVAC system’s blower may be failing or there could be problems with the ductwork in your home. If some rooms in the house are getting better airflow from the vents than others, this would indicate a problem with the ductwork.
Debris, dirt, dust, and mold can all collect in the cool and damp corners of your ductwork, and this more than just an air conditioner performance issue, it could be a health hazard for you and your family. This means it should be addressed right away! If you notice poor airflow, first check to see if your air filter needs changing. If not, it’s time to call a pro.
Thermostat Issue: The good news is, thermostat problems are usually a lot easier and a lot less costly to fix than problems with the HVAC system itself. Still, your thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system, and therefore requires your close attention. Give us a call if you suspect your thermostat is causing or experiencing problems!