The official end of summer is near, and while you may be ready to welcome cooler temperatures outside soon as well as the chance to stop using your air conditioner as often, this is no time to forget about your air conditioner, or its repair needs.
Hopefully, you had maintenance done at the beginning of the season and didn’t experience any major cooling system catastrophes over the summer. If you didn’t schedule maintenance this year, not to worry, it’s not too late! It’s only too late if you have an aging system that’s completely broken down and has no hope for repairs.
That said, whether you had professional maintenance done or not, there are some needs that can crop up at the end of the season that require your attention. They include the following:
What do we mean by “lingering”? We’re talking about those repair needs in an AC system that’s doesn’t qualify as an immediate cooling emergency—something you can put off and still have a functioning air conditioner (even if it’s not as efficient as it could be).
We don’t recommend ever neglecting or delaying an AC repair needs, as it increases energy bills, lowers your system’s lifespan, and puts your air conditioner at a higher risk of a breakdown.
Lingering malfunctions might include things like weird sounds coming from your system, losing cooling in portions of your home, the system shutting on and off at peculiar times, or anything else warning that something is not as it should be. If you notice any of these symptoms, the best thing you can do is give our team a call!
A Miscalibrated Thermostat
Have you noticed that your home isn’t cooling down to the setting on your thermostat the way it used to? You might have a miscalibrated thermostat. What this means is your thermostat is reading temperatures incorrectly. Fortunately, our technicians can repair this or at least make a recommendation for an upgraded thermostat so you can restore full functionality to your HVAC system.
Have you noticed uneven cooling in certain areas of your home? Or heard your ductwork rattling a lot more than you ever used to? Then you may very well have damaged ductwork. You can actually lose up to 30% of the conditioned air you’re otherwise paying for through breached ductwork.
Need for an Upgrade
Sometimes, the real problem with your air conditioner is simply that it’s old and needs to be replaced. Now is the time to ask yourself how old your system is and how well it’s operating compared to when it was new. A well cared for air conditioner will typically last 10-15 years. If yours is beyond that and you suspect it’s not living up to your comfort standards, then it may be time to talk to a professional about a potential replacement.
The good news is, today’s systems have even better energy ratings than those of the past, so you’ll be boosting efficiency simply by replacing your system with the same one in a newer form! Though we do have many system options to choose from and we’re happy to go over all of them with you.