The summer heat and humidity have made themselves at home here in Fayetteville, AR, and that means our air conditioning systems are working harder than ever. Is your air conditioner up to the task of keeping your home cool and comfortable all summer long?
Though in an ideal world your AC system would run seamlessly summer after summer, the reality is that it sometimes needs a repair or two — especially if it hasn’t been properly maintained every year. Not sure if your AC system needs a repair? We’re here to help. Here are five telltale signs that it’s time to schedule a service visit for your air conditioner.
The House Never Seems Cool Enough
Does your air conditioner just keep on running, without your home ever actually getting as cool and comfortable as you would like? If you know your home is already air sealed and insulated, then it’s likely a problem with your air conditioner.
Often, a simple tune-up will resolve the problem by fixing minor issues and getting your air conditioner running at peak efficiency again. If your air conditioner is undersized, AC replacement with a properly sized unit may be in order. An HVAC specialist can help you determine the best route to take.
Your AC Unit Is Short Cycling
Short cycling is when your air conditioner goes through fast and frequent cycles — increasing your cooling bills, putting your AC unit through excess wear and tear, and making it hard for your home to stay cool. It may be caused by a number of mechanical issues, such as iced evaporator coils or a clogged air filter. It may also be caused by an oversized unit.
A service visit will help determine what is causing your air conditioner to short cycle and get it back to smooth and efficient operation.
Your AC is Smelling “Off”
Sometimes it’s a strange smell that signals there’s an AC problem. If you smell a burning or metallic odor, there is likely an electrical problem with your AC unit and you should turn off your HVAC system immediately. If you smell more of a musty odor, there could be moisture buildup or even mold growth somewhere in your ductwork. Whatever the smell, be sure to schedule a repair as soon as possible.
Your AC Unit Is Making Strange Noises
Strange noises are rarely a good sign and should be addressed immediately. Whether you hear a clanging, banging, or grinding noise, take note of the noise you’re hearing so your HVAC specialist can diagnose the issue.
Cooling Costs Are Skyrocketing
Your cooling costs may go up for a number of reasons, but often it is because your air conditioner is losing efficiency over time. A tune-up can get your air conditioner running at peak efficiency again for lower utility bills. And if your air conditioner is reaching the end of its estimated life span, replacing it sooner could help you save in the long run in lower cooling costs.