Like the car you drive, your air conditioning unit at home requires regular maintenance to ensure its optimum performance. Without tune-ups, your AC unit could get less efficient over time — and break down when you need it the most.
If you’re uncertain about when to call in the experts to inspect and tune up your AC unit, Cowboy Services AC & Heating shares some signs that you need a service, soon:
Your AC unit’s job is to keep your family comfortable, especially on warm days. If your unit struggles to cool the room, it’s time to schedule a tune-up.
Poor airflow can be a sign of a dirty duct or vent. After all, debris builds up in your AC’s duct system over time. This dirt buildup doesn’t only block airflow but also poses a health risk to you and your family.
And, in other cases, poor airflow indicates a bigger problem that you need to address immediately.
Do you hear unnecessary noises from your AC unit when it’s running?
A squealing noise might mean that the belt needs tightening or replacement. It may also indicate that a metal component in the unit requires lubrication.
A grinding sound, on the other hand, can be a sign that your motor’s bearings are broken. Failure to address these possible issues could result in costly major repairs.
So, when you hear inexplicable noises from your unit, don’t hesitate to call a professional to service the system.
If your air conditioner has started to produce a bad odor, consider it a sign that something isn’t quite right.
For instance, a “burning electrical” smell signals that your unit’s wiring needs replacement or re-insulation.
Musty odors suggest that there’s mold growth inside your air conditioner. Stop guessing where these odors come from, and let a professional technician detect and resolve the problem.
Drastic changes in humidity in your home usually indicate a problem in your outdoor compressor. It could be a leak, blockage, or a broken drain tube needing repair or replacement.
Have your unit serviced regularly to prevent compressor problems that may require expensive repairs in the future.
High Energy Bills
An increase in your monthly energy bills can be a sign of an inefficient AC unit, especially if this started at the time you noticed other signs of AC issues.
In other cases, the spike in energy bills could mean low refrigerant levels. When the refrigerant level is low, the air conditioner performs less efficiently, using more energy without adding any more comfort to your home.
While there’s no hard and fast rule about when to call for an AC tune-up, you still need to watch out for these signs.
Also, if you have not scheduled AC maintenance in over a year, there’s a good chance that there is dirt buildup in your ducts or vents and other issues that have been left untouched.
Call an AC professional today to ensure the comfort of your home all year round.