The last thing you need as we progress through summer is an unexpected AC breakdown! If you have your air conditioner routinely maintained, you likely don’t need to worry about this. Maintenance allows your HVAC pro to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust components in your AC that need it. It also helps to spot small repair needs before they become bigger emergencies.
The Maynard Man knows that sometimes homeowners skip maintenance, or wait too long for a tune-up. You might also have an aging system and maintenance can only go so far. So how do you spot repairs then?
You can start by looking or listening for these 5 signs of AC disrepair!
1) Decline in Airflow
Is the air not coming from your vents as powerfully as it usually does? This can be the symptom of a few different problems. First, check your air filter! This filter should be changed every 1-3 months and can certainly be a culprit of low airflow. If the filter isn’t the problem, it’s time to call The Maynard Man.
2) Lack of Cooling
This can be caused by overheating AC components, low refrigerant, or even tears in your ductwork. If the air coming out of your vents is warmer than you’d expect–first, check your thermostat settings. If the thermostat is working fine, then there is likely something more sinister at play.
This is the name given to the process where an air conditioner turns on and off numerous times throughout the day without ever actually completing a cooling cycle. This issue is both the symptom of a problem–likely an electrical issue–and the cause of further problems due to accelerated wear and tear.
4) Odd Noises
Anything outside of the normal sounds you typically hear when your AC runs is cause for concern. If you hear excessive rattling, banging, shrieking, or hissing, it’s time to give our pros a call. These could be the signs of damaged ductwork, loose components, or even a refrigerant leak.
5) High Energy Bills
True, your energy bills will be higher in the summer anyway. But The Maynard Man wants you to watch out for excessively high bills. If you’re paying drastically more than you were this time last year for comparable AC use, it’s a sign that something is causing your air conditioner to work inefficiently.
Calling for repairs at the first sign of trouble could be the difference between an easy fix or a complete AC breakdown taking you by surprise.