Your household’s central air conditioner is one of the most important appliances there is when it comes to your comfort and quality of life, right? Well, it’s also one of the most specialized—while a homeowner can deal with some minor plumbing downtime, having a broken down air conditioner could be quite the inconvenience in the middle of summer! So taking care of your cooling system properly is imperative.
One way to do this is with routine maintenance. During maintenance, your air conditioning technician fully inspects, cleans, and adjusts your air conditioner to ensure it’s working as efficiently and effectively as possible. This helps you avoid the biggest repair needs. Of course, even with regular tune-ups, it’s important to be aware of the signs that your air conditioner might need repair work. It’s good to know these signs so you can act quickly rather than waiting for your cooling system to just completely fail on you. So, what are these signs?
Lack of Cooling
This one is pretty apparent, right? Your AC system is tasked with keeping the home at an even, comfortable temperature. Poor cooling ability might mean something as seemingly minor as a gradual refrigerant leak (this really isn’t minor, it can lead to a number of additional problems) or even an air filter that needs replacement (fortunately, this one can be easily resolved by you, the homeowner!)
Another possibility is that your compressor is failing or you have a frozen evaporator coil. These two are much more serious and urgent problems and necessitate professional help right away.
So, let’s say you’ve always had a nice, robust blast of air coming through your vents, but it’s become weak and puny lately. There could be a couple of problems here. Your HVAC system’s blower might be starting to fail, or there could be breaches in your ductwork. If you notice some areas of the home getting better airflow than others, this would indicate ductwork issues.
Another ductwork issue is that debris, dust, and mold can accumulate in its cool, damp passages. This will not only negatively impact your air conditioner’s performance, but it can also create a health hazard for your household.
Something has to control and regulate your air conditioner’s temperature settings, and that’s the thermostat. Signs of a malfunctioning thermostat include an HVAC system that won’t turn on or won’t shut off, a temperature reading that doesn’t align with the temperature in the house, or one or more rooms that are cooler or warmer than the rest.
These are just a few of the signs that something is amiss with your air conditioner. As we alluded to above, professional maintenance can help you avoid problems. If you haven’t scheduled your air conditioning maintenance yet, the good news is it’s never too late.
Getting your air conditioner professionally tuned-up can help it retain up to 95% of its efficiency throughout its lifespan, and can help prevent up to 85% of the repairs an AC system may even need in that lifespan.