Your home’s central air conditioning system is one of the most important appliances there is when it comes to your family’s comfort and quality of life. It’s also one of the most specialized pieces of equipment! While the average homeowner can certainly take on tasks like minor plumbing fixes, replacing an electrical outlet, or doing some basic carpentry work, there are not many homeowners who have the specialized knowledge required to service or maintain their HVAC system.
Just like your vehicle or many other systems, your air conditioner need regular maintenance to keep working as it should, and it’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to address any problem when it’s barely begun than wait until it’s grown into something much bigger. Even the best, most well-cared for air conditioner has a lifecycle of about 10-15 years, but you can get the most out of those years by scheduling repairs as soon as you need them. So how can you tell you need them? Read on!
Poor Cooling Output
This one might seem pretty apparent. Your air conditioner is supposed to keep the home at an even, comfortable temperature. Poor cooling output could mean something like a gradual refrigerant leak that requires a relatively small repair and recharge, or it could even indicate you have a clogged air filter that needs cleaning or replacement.
In more serious situations, this is a sign that your compressor has failed or you have an iced-over evaporator line. Regardless, it’s time to call our pros if you notice poor cooling output.
What if suddenly, what you used to feel as a nice robust blast of air through your room vents has become weak and puny? There could be a couple issues at play here—your HVAC system’s blower could be starting to fail or there could be problems with the ductwork in your home. If some rooms in your household are getting better airflow than others, this may indicate breached or even dirty ductwork.
Debris, dust, mold, or even bacteria can accumulate in the cool and damp insides of your air ducts, and this is much more than an AC performance issues—it can be a health hazard for you and your family that should be addressed as soon as possible.
Something has to help control and regulate your air conditioner’s temperature settings, right? And that’s your thermostat! Signs of a malfunctioning thermostat could include an air conditioner that either won’t turn on or won’t shut off, a temperature reading that doesn’t correspond to the temperature in the home, or one or more rooms that are cooler or warmer than the rest.
Fortunately, a thermostat replacement is typically a fairly easy job for professionals, and a relatively minor repair for you to invest in, all things considered.
At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment with our AC repair pros, give us a call at the number above, email firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an appointment online.