Has your AC system started playing up?
As we go into the summer months, our HVAC systems will play a vital role in keeping us cool and comfortable. This also means they’ll be under more strain.
The extra strain can turn a minor issue into a large one in no time. So you need to be mindful of how your system is running and what common signs of issues are.
Don’t worry if you don’t know! Read on for these 3 common signs you need AC repair.
1. Low Cooling Output
This is a pretty obvious sign something is wrong with your AC – it isn’t actually cooling anything. After all, it’s your AC’s job to keep your home at a comfortable and even temperature.
A lack of cooling output has a few different causes. One of the most serious problems is a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant is what runs the process of cooling the air in your home.
A lot of people believe their refrigerant needs topping up on a regular basis. But, in fact, if you’re losing refrigerant it’s a sign something is wrong. If you think you have a leak, it’s important you call a technician to locate and repair it. Then they will top up the refrigerant for you.
A more minor cause for a lack of cooling is if your filters need replacing. Filters protect your AC unit from dirt and debris getting into the inner components. Over time, if you aren’t doing your AC maintenance, they can become clogged. This can then affect airflow which will show itself as a low cooling output.
2. Your AC is Loud and Noisy
Even a ‘silent’ AC unit will make some degree of noise. It’s important to learn what’s a normal level of noise for your system and when something is amiss.
A loud bang or rattle might suggest an internal part is loose – which might damage your system. Or a screeching sound usually suggests an issue with your belt.
A grinding sound might mean parts have slipped and are rubbing against each other. Or your bearings might have worn down or failed. But even something minor like a build-up of dirt and debris can cause noise.
So, when you hear a noise that your AC unit doesn’t usually make it’s important you get it checked out by an AC technician. They’re in the best place to be able to diagnose what’s wrong and how to fix it. You don’t want to wait, as you might end up causing more serious damage to your unit. Or you might even need to replace your AC unit completely.
3. Higher Bills
Another sign you might start noticing is a sharp rise in your electricity bills. Though they use up a lot of electricity to start, a reduction in efficiency can see bills spike. The main issues that will see a rise in your bills include:
- Dirty filters
- Leaky ducts
- Broken thermostat/thermostat switch
- Failed parts (capacitors, motors, etc.)
- Low/leaking refrigerant
- Old/poorly maintained system
A cost spike without reason (i.e not because you’re using it more) is a strong hint you need an AC service or an AC repair. Whatever the cause, be it major or minor, it’ll need repairing to save money and keep your home comfortable.
Don’t Delay Your AC Repair
So there you have it! Keep a lookout for these 3 commons signs you need AC repair and you’ll be sure to keep your AC in top working order. The most important thing is to watch for changes to your system, and get them fixed before they become a big problem!
If you are in need of AC repair, then contact us today at All A’s Plumbing. We offer a range of plumbing, heating and AC repair and maintenance services, and a 24/7 emergency line with 24-hour service.