Now that we’re right smack in the middle of summer, you don’t want anything to go wrong with your air conditioner. Of course, if you had maintenance done on your system this spring, you probably have little to worry about. It’s during maintenance that our professionals comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it.
We can alert you to repair needs early so you have time to get them on your schedule before they turn into a breakdown. And we can ensure that your system works as efficiently and effectively as possible.
With or without maintenance, however, it’s always a good idea to know the signs that you may be in need of professional AC repairs. The sooner you have them taken care of, the better. Read on as we uncover some common end-of-season AC repair needs for you to watch out for.
The good news is, some end-of-season AC problems aren’t actually problems with the air conditioner at all. You could instead be looking at a problem with the thermostat, the “brain” of your air conditioning system. If the thermostat, for example, isn’t registering correct temperatures, then your air conditioner may have to run longer to do its job, or it may fail to blow chilled air. It could even fail to turn on altogether.
Here’s a tip–before you call in a pro, double-check the settings on your thermostat. It may seem apparent, but something we’ve seen in many cases is that a thermostat was accidentally set to “fan only” mode instead of “cool” mode.
There is a fairly common misconception about AC refrigerant–that it is something that depletes, like gasoline does from a car. On the contrary, your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon manufacturing that it should ideally last the entire lifespan of the air conditioner.
If your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak that must be located and repaired. Plus, the refrigerant needs to be refilled (what we refer to as recharged) so that your air conditioner can be restored to its full capacity.
The air ducts snaking their way through your attic, crawlspace, and/or behind your drywall are responsible for actually delivering the chilled, conditioned air throughout your living space. So what happens if damage has occurred to this part of your system? Well, you can expect inefficient operation, decreased comfort, and higher utility bills.
Damaged ductwork can account for up to 30% of energy loss, so it’s important to have this type of issue repaired right away.
Problems with the Fan
Your cooling system has two fans to allow it to do its job–one that blows indoor air over the evaporator coil to absorb heat, and one other that blows air over the outdoor unit’s condenser coil. If either of these fans isn’t working as they should, whether it’s because of a faulty motor, lack of lubrication, or even a worn fan belt, then you will wind up with poor airflow and other related problems.