How do I know if my air conditioner needs to be serviced?
Well here we are in the midst of a very hot and sticky Summer 2019 here in Northern New Jersey…how is your home cooling system holding up?
If you received your annual air conditioning service before summer began, chances are your central air conditioner or ductless system is probably faring well, despite operating nearly 24/7. If you skipped your A/C tune-up – especially if you have older equipment – you may be seeing, hearing, or even smelling some problems sooner than later.
Notice any of these signs in your air conditioner? They’re signs that it’s time to repair – or possibly replace – your A/C unit:
- Warm air coming from the vents – Warm air coming from your vents is usually a sign that your air conditioner is either low on refrigerant or is having a problem with its compressor.
- Poor airflow – Weak airflow is often a sign that either the compressor is failing or that you have a duct leak; either way, it means less comfort for your family.
- Too much cycling – If your air conditioner runs for short lengths of time before it shuts off (also known as “cycling”), it’s probably working harder than it should to keep you cool; it could also be a thermostat problem.
- Odd noises – Grinding, scraping or squealing sounds could indicate a worn down or loose part somewhere in your system. More serious repairs are almost certainly coming if you don’t take care of the problem quickly.
- Odd smells – A strong electrical smell often means that wire insulation has burned out somewhere in your A/C system; a musty smell could mean you have a mold problem in your ductwork.
- Humid air – Air conditioners reduce indoor humidity – they shouldn’t add to it.
- A fluid leak – Fluid around your A/C unit often indicates a serious problem – possibly a refrigerant leak.
- Higher bills – An unusually high electric bill in the summer can mean a problem ranging from duct leaks to a broken thermostat – and everything in between.
- More repairs – If you and your technician have been seeing a lot of each other lately, it’s probably time to upgrade your air conditioner. You’ll save money on future repairs, reduce your energy bill, and not have to worry about anything beyond routine maintenance years to come.
- It’s just plain old – A typical central air conditioner will last 10-15 years – but that doesn’t mean it will perform well in its later years. Much of that depends on how well the unit has been maintained. But once your air conditioner makes it past the 10-year mark, it rarely pays to fix the unit – especially when you consider the performance of today’s high-efficiency HVAC systems.
Don’t worry: If your A/C breaks down in the midst of a long, hot summer day, we’ll be there same day with emergency service. Hilltop Energy is here to help. Give us a call, today!