It is a given that your air conditioner will never break down at a time that is convenient for you or when a breakdown won’t leave you melting in near triple-digit heat. Your AC will only give out when it is running, which is, obviously, when you need it the most. Since summer is the busiest time of year for HVAC service companies, an AC malfunction could leave you waiting for days for a technician to diagnose and fix the problem. The following tips from our Swan HVAC technicians will help you recognize when you need AC repair so that you can avoid the inconvenience of a breakdown.
Homeowners who call us because of an AC breakdown often tell us that they noticed changes in their air conditioner’s performance days, weeks, or even months before it stopped running altogether. While it may be tempting to put off calling a service company because of the expense, ignoring the problem until your AC gives out completely will result in a more expensive repair and shorten the life of your air conditioner. Your best bet for staying comfortable this summer and keeping repair costs to a minimum is to call Swan Plumbing, Heating & Air of Denver as soon as you notice that your AC is struggling.
Signs That You Need to Call for AC Repair:
The best time to call for AC service is as soon as you suspect that something is wrong. Of course, you want to check for obvious solutions to the problem before calling, such as a thermostat that is not set correctly. If you can’t find a simple explanation for the problem, however, you should call us right away. There is no problem so small that it does not warrant the attention of an HVAC professional. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, it is time to call Swan Plumbing, Heating & Air:
• Is your air conditioner costing you more to run?
If you have been in your home for several years, you probably have an idea of how much your summer utility bills should run. If your energy costs suddenly spike without a reasonable explanation, a problem affecting your AC’s efficiency may be to blame.
• Is your AC noisier than normal or making strange sounds?
Screeching or grinding sounds could be a sign that you have a worn belt or that the moving parts need lubrication. Hissing sounds typically indicate a refrigerant leak.
• Does your AC only blow warm air?
You should start by making sure that the thermostat is set correctly and that the breaker to the outside unit is not tripped. If these issues are not the problem, call us right away since you may have a refrigerant leak, damaged ductwork, or other serious problems.
• Do you have ice on your air conditioner?
This could be something as simple as a dirty air filter that is restricting air flow through the system. It can also be a sign of a more serious issue, such as a refrigerant leak or a dirty evaporator coil.
Our highly trained Swan HVAC professionals have the expertise to accurately diagnose your AC problem and resolve it quickly. Call Swan Plumbing, Heating & Air of Denver today to schedule a tune-up for your AC.