Well, here we are in the middle of summer. Chances are, you’re running your air conditioner throughout the day just to prevent your home from becoming an oven. You should know that doing that will make problems much more likely to occur, though. More demand means more wear and tear, after all. The good news is that if you know what to look for you, can prevent most of the damage if a repair issue does come up. The faster you can recognize an issue and have it repaired, the more damage you can prevent and the better off the system will be.
If your air conditioner is not circulating as much air as it should be, or the temperature of the air itself has warmed considerably, you have a problem. Low output can be caused by a wide range of issues with the air conditioner, none of them good. For example, low air flow might be due to something as simple as a clogged air filter blocking the flow of air into the system. It could also be caused by a damaged air handler, which would severely limit the system’s ability to circulate air during operation. Regardless, low output is a serious sign that your air conditioner is in trouble. Don’t ignore it.
If you’ve had your air conditioner for a while, then you know what it sounds like when it’s on. If the system suddenly starts making odd noises while it’s operating, it’s a sign that something is wrong. What exactly is wrong, and how severe the problem is, depends on the noise. Grinding, for example, means that the bearings inside the air handler motor are likely failing, and need to be replaced before the part burns out. Hissing and gurgling could mean that there are air bubbles in the refrigerant line, which indicates a leak. If you start to notice that your air conditioner is making weird noises, call for repairs.
If your air conditioner is turning itself on and off every few minutes, it’s in deep trouble. That behavior is called short cycling, and it’s a serious threat to the air conditioner. Short cycling is usually the result of an electrical issue resulting in the air conditioner receiving the wrong signals from the thermostat. It can also be caused by a malfunctioning compressor.
Short cycling seriously ramps up the amount of wear and tear the system experiences during operation. It accelerates the rate at which various parts of the system wear out, causing more frequent break downs and shortening the lifespan of the air conditioner by a number of years. If your system is doing this, contact a professional right away.
PRK Services, Inc. offers a full range of air conditioner repair services in Aubrey, TX. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians. We’ll make sure that your air conditioner is in prime shape to keep you cool and comfortable this summer, no matter what condition it’s in now.