As summer draws to a close, most people aren’t thinking about their air conditioner. However, this is a perfect time. Take care of any maintenance and repairs now so your system is ready to go for next year.
But how do you know if you need AC repairs or not? Here are 5 signs of AC troubles you should watch for!
1. Warm Air Coming Out of the System
This one’s pretty obvious, right? Your AC unit is supposed to be keeping you cool.
However, as the problem slowly develops, it isn’t always super noticeable until one day you realize it’s kinda hot in your house. It’s also common for homeowners to assume the problem is because of the recent heat wave.
If you suspect an issue, check the air coming directly out of the unit. It should be cool to the touch.
2. Your AC Turns Off and On Quickly
AC units sometimes suffer from a phenomenon known as short cycling. This means the unit turns on, but only runs for a short while before shutting off again. The thermostat reads that your home is still too warm, so it signals the unit to come on again.
This rapid on-and-off cycling wears out your unit faster and can lead to bigger AC repair bills if ignored. Not to mention that your home doesn’t stay comfortably cool!
3. Your Energy Bills Seem Abnormally High
The price of energy is going up, so it can be hard to notice this one. However, keep an eye on your bill in comparison to how much energy you used at the same time last year.
If there is a drastic difference, there could be something wrong with your unit. A unit that is overworking itself or running inefficiently will ultimately use more energy, driving up that already disappointingly high bill.
4. Your AC Unit Is Making Strange Noises
You shouldn’t expect your AC unit to run silently, a normal unit makes a certain amount of noise while running. However, the gentle hum of machinery, the drone of the fan, and maybe the whooshing of air moving is about the only thing you should hear.
If you hear screeching, knocking, banging, grinding, or hissing, there’s a good chance something is wrong and you need AC repair.
5. You Notice Leaking Fluids
Fluids leaking out of anything is never a good sign and it’s no different for your AC unit. It could just be water condensation (though excessive condensation is a bad thing too) or you may have a refrigerant leak.
Regardless, you should have a qualified technician take a look.
Cool and Comfortable in Sacramento
It gets hot in our area and a working AC unit is essential for your home to stay cool and comfortable. Yes, we know it’s nearing the end of the season. But if you notice any of these potential issues now is the perfect time to get them taken care of!
Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. is your trusted resource for Sacramento AC services. Contact us today!