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5 Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Service

5 Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Service

Central Air Conditioner

When a central air conditioner is in need of repair it will often provide clues that it is not working properly. By paying attention to the symptoms of a malfunction AC and fixing the small things right away, you can avoid an unexpected and costly breakdown during the hottest days of summer. Here’s what to look and listen for.

1. The AC is Making Strange Noises

If you hear knocking, pinging or other unusual sounds, don’t ignore them. Unusual sounds can indicate that there are loose or worn parts that are about to fail.

2. Your Utility Bill Is Unexpectedly High

Air conditioners often become less efficient as they get older, making annual maintenance more important to keep the system operating at peak efficiency. If the system has to run more often to maintain the set temperature, you will notice an increase in your electric bill.

3. Areas Of the Home Are Not Comfortable, Even When the Thermostat Is Lowered

First, make sure that all the air registers are open and not obstructed by rugs or furniture. Uneven cooling can be a sign that the air delivery system is not sized correctly.

4. The Air Is Cold, But Too Humid

Humid air can be a sign of leaking air ducts, an AC unit that is not properly sized for the home, a frozen condenser coil or another malfunction. Your HVAC technician can diagnose the cause and recommend solutions.

5. The AC is Blowing Warm Air

If the system is blowing warm air, it may be low on refrigerant, have a blocked, frozen or leaking evaporation coils.

If you notice any of they symptoms above, call Hickey Plumbing, Air and Electrical. We can help track down the cause and help get your AC working at peak performance.