Did you know that this is the time of year you’re most likely to have a cooling system breakdown? The reason for this is because it’s when your air conditioner goes through the most amount of work. If you have an aging system especially, components start wearing down and natural wear and tear can take hold of your air conditioner. This is even more to the point if you skipped maintenance.
If you do need air conditioner repairs this time of the year, it’s best you have them scheduled ASAP. Neglecting small repair needs now can mean in a few weeks, when you’re still using your cooling system, it could shut down on you without warning–except there was warning! Don’t let this happen to you–read on for some of the most common midsummer cooling system needs, and give us a call if you notice symptoms of this problem.
Your AC Isn’t Actually Cooling
This is a pretty apparent sign that something is amiss with your air conditioner. Still, many homeowners chalk it up to excessively hot temperatures outside making it harder for their air conditioner to reach cooler temperatures inside.
But unless you’re trying to cool your home to 65° on a 90° day, there’s no reason for your AC system to struggle to keep you cool. If it is, it’s a sign that something is wrong that needs repair. The best thing you can do in this case is give the pros a call.
Your AC Bills Are Too High
We understand, this is a bit subjective. But when we say “too high” we mean dramatically higher than what you were paying this same time last year, or higher than what your neighbors are paying, despite comparable use. This is a sign that something is causing the air conditioner to operate inefficiently.
Your Air Conditioner Is Short-Cycling
Do you hear your cooling system rapidly turning on and off instead of going through regular cycles? This is called short-cycling, and it’s both the symptom of a problem and the cause of future problems. Short-cycling can be caused by a number of things, including a system that’s too large for your home. Of course, if this was the problem, you’d have noticed it right after installation.
A more likely culprit is an electrical issue. Don’t risk your safety by trying to figure it out and fix it on your own–reach out to our pros to help!
You Hear Other Strange Noises
Short-cycling is one thing to listen for, but it’s not the only thing to listen for. If you hear your air conditioning system shrieking, screeching, grinding, or hissing at you, it’s a sign something is amiss. Each of these indicate problems, some more severe than others. There’s no sense in playing the guessing game–we’re here for diagnosis and quality repairs when needed!
The best way to fend off midsummer AC repair needs is by scheduling routine maintenance once a year for your AC (or twice a year if you have a heat pump). Our techs will inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner to ensure optimal efficiency and performance.