With summer upon us, it is important that you ensure that your air conditioner is up to the task of keeping you and your family comfortable in the weeks to come. This means taking care of your HVAC system and having it repaired at the first sign of trouble so that your air conditioner does not break down on you when you need it most. Yet, how will you know when your air conditioner is in need of repair? Here are just a few of the signs that you can look out for indicating that you need to have your air conditioner professionally serviced and repaired.
It Makes Strange Noises
One of the clearest signs that something is wrong with your air conditioner is if you notice that it has begun making strange noises. While your air conditioner may make a certain amount of noise when it first starts up, and while it is running, it should not make any loud or unusual sounds. Sounds such as banging, clanking, screeching, grinding or rattling noises can indicate a loose or broken part in your air conditioner, and it is then critical that you have your system inspected and repaired as soon as possible. If you ignore these noises, you may found yourself facing much more expensive repairs down-the-road.
Your Electric Bill is on The Rise
You should also pay close attention to your electric bill, and how much running your air conditioner usually causes your monthly electricity use to go up, as a sudden spike in electricity consumption can indicate problems with your air conditioner. If you notice that the cost of cooling your home has gone up drastically in recent months, or you are using more electricity this summer compared to last year, then something is likely wrong with your HVAC system that is causing it to use more power than normal. An HVAC professional can inspect your system and help you to find the root of the problem.
It Cycles Rapidly
Paying close attention to how often your air conditioner is running can also clue you into its condition. If your air conditioner is cycling on more than normal, or it seems to be constantly running, this means that it is having a hard time cooling your home. While this can indicate a possible mechanical issue that may be repairable, if your HVAC system is more than 15 years old, you may need to prepare to have your air conditioner replaced. An HVAC technician can help you to determine what is causing this problem and can help you decide what your best course of action would be.
Contact us to learn more about how you will know when it is time to have your home’s air conditioner serviced and repaired.