I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
If you live in an area where those hot summer months beat down on you like the sun in those Super Mario games, you probably count your air conditioning unit as one of your most cherished possessions. It's responsible for keeping you and your family cool and comfortable, and losing its services would almost be unbearable.
But even before it kicks the bucket, there are signs that will let you know it's on its last few legs. Listen to any of the problems listed below; if you see or hear any, call a licensed AC repair tech as soon as possible.
It Costs More to Cool Your Home This Year
Some of this is going to be relative to whether or not it's actually hotter this year than in previous years, but pull out your old energy bills and track the progress. The costs for the energy bill should be the same every summer to cool your home. If you notice that the bills are trending upwards, then it could be a sign that your AC unit is having to work harder to keep the house cool. The reasons for this could be numerous - clogged ducts, frozen coils, lack of refrigerant - but no matter what it is, an air conditioner repair technician should be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
You're Repairing the Same Problem Every Year
Air conditioners have a lot of different parts on them, all of them working together to cool the house that it's attached to. If anyone of them goes out or starts failing, the entire unit suffers. If, however, you're having to repair the same issue over and over again, then it might be time to either do a more comprehensive overhaul of the system or schedule a full replacement. AC repair companies handle a variety of different issues, so let them advise you as to the best course of action.
Your Unit Makes Noises That are Not of This World
Things that go "bump in the night" are fun around Halloween time, but the last thing you want to hear in the middle of a warm summer night is the sound of a bolt rattling around inside your ductwork. Over time, the parts in your system are going to loosen up and rattle around, causing screeching, banging, popping, or even loud explosive noises that signal it's time to call an AC repair technician. Usually, the cost of these repairs is not very cheap, which means you might be better off replacing the whole unit.
To learn more about AC repair, contact a local HVAC near you.Share
30 July 2020