If you’re putting off air conditioner repairs because you’re anxious about repair costs, think again. Postponing minor repairs can mean having to deal with bigger problems in the future.
If you’ve gotten used to an AC system that’s not working at 100%, make this the year you call in an air conditioner repair technician to get it fixed. Small problems can eventually turn into larger ones–meaning more expensive repairs or even requiring unit replacement. A broken, inefficient unit may actually be costing you more in terms of utility bills. The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to stop working entirely in the heat of summer, leaving you to sweat while you resolve the situation.
Decrease In Performance
Does your air conditioner seem to be working extra hard to provide you with cold air? Do you have to crank it up to full blast just to get a fraction of the cooling power you got when the unit was brand new? It can be tempting to postpone repairs in this case, because after all, you are still getting some cool air. But at what cost? You’re likely consuming more electricity while getting less effective cooling. Whatever is causing the decrease in performance is likely to continue deteriorating over time. You can grant your AC a stay of execution by bringing in a repair technician to assess the situation. Repairs may only be a matter of replacing a single component–which is far less expensive than purchasing a new AC system.
When any appliance starts making noises it’s never made before, especially if the noises continue for a period of time or even get worse, you can benefit from calling in an appliance repair technician. Your air conditioneris no exception. Even if it seems to be operating at full performance, a buzzing, clunking, or vibrating noise from within the air conditioning unit is a sign that something isn’t right. Pay attention to the noise–what it sounds like, when it happens, where it’s coming from–so that you can accurately describe it to the AC contractor you’ve hired. As with performance issues, the underlying problem behind an unusual noise can worsen over time but may be able to be fixed with a single replacement part.
The biggest questions when dealing with a leaking air conditioner are “What kind of fluid is leaking?” and “Where is the leak coming from?” For instance, you might see water or refrigerant leakage, which can indicate different types of air conditioner problems. Instead of just wiping up the mess or sticking a towel under the unit, bring in an AC service technician to diagnose the root problem. However, air conditioners are subject to condensation as moist air passes across the cooling coil. Some water on the unit is to be expected in humid weather; a puddle or stream of fluid exiting the unit is a more serious matter.
When an air conditioner is struggling to do its job, it’s almost always better to call in a repair professional than to wait until things get worse. Call us at Air Quality Control (727) 469-3832. An air conditioner expert can advise you on your best option–which might be to purchase a new, more energy-efficient unit. We pledge to give you the professional and knowledgeable advice you need, and never use sales pressure. As summer approaches, ensure that your home stays cool and comfortable without breaking the bank by resolving to deal with small repair issues before they grow out of control.