Here in Georgia, it makes sense that you want to enjoy the summer season with the help of an efficient and effective air conditioning system. On those frequent days where the heat is at its peak, your cooling system should be capable of keeping your living space as nice and cool as you need it to be. To ensure this is the case, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep your air conditioner in great shape.
This means staying on top of your annual maintenance sessions, first and foremost. It also means that if your air conditioner has any repair needs, you take care of them in a timely fashion. But how do you know if your air conditioner needs repairs?
Often, we’ll tell you during maintenance. However, it is always possible that your cooling system could need repairs in between maintenance tune-ups. Here are some signs that this is the case for your system.
There Are Strange Noises Coming from the System
A cooling system that is making concerning, loud noises is a cooling system that needs a professional checkup. Noises such as rattling, screeching, squealing, buzzing, banging, or anything else suspicious mean that your air conditioner is struggling and in need of help.
The System Isn’t Providing a Steady Flow of Cooled Air
Have you discovered that your AC system is creating cool air, but the strength of the airflow is weak? Or maybe the airflow is just fine, but the temperature is too warm? Either way, it’s a sign of a problem that needs fixing. It could be that you have breached ductwork letting warm air in and chilled air out. It could also be that you have a refrigerant leak.
These are both problems that, if left ignored, could lead to a complete air conditioner breakdown.
You Noticed a Dramatic Increase In Your Energy Bills
It’s natural that during the summer, your energy bills are going to increase. After all, this is when you use your air conditioner the most! But we want you to look at what you’re paying to cool your home in comparison to last year, and/or in comparison to what your neighbors are paying.
If your bills are considerably higher, then it’s a sign that something in your home is working inefficiently. Since your HVAC systems account for half of your entire home’s energy use, it could very well be your air conditioner to blame.
Your Air Conditioner Has a Delayed Start
Let’s say you set your thermostat to a certain temperature, and your air conditioner takes a while to cycle on. This can be the sign of a thermostat problem–which is relatively easy for our team to fix. Or it could be something more serious going on inside the unit. The only way to know for sure is to give us a call!
Your Air Conditioner Is Short-Cycling
Short-Cycling describes the process where a system cycles on and off rapidly instead of going through regular cycles as it should. This is not only the symptom of an already existing problem in your air conditioner, but can cause further damage to your unit.
Air conditioning compressors are designed to run in 15-minute increments, 2-3 times an hour. If yours is cycling on and off faster than this, then you definitely have a short-cycling problem.