With everything going on in your home, it’s easy for your AC system to fall through the cracks. After all, it’s easy to treat your air conditioner like a self-sustaining appliance that you can just set and forget. However, paying attention to your AC is pretty much the only way to know if it needs repairs — short of a full system breakdown. Here are few signs you should look out for that will let you know it’s time for a visit from the AC company:
Energy Bill Spikes
Yes, the price of energy is slowly rising over time, and seasonal changes can affect your utility bills quite a bit. But you should still watch out for unexpected spikes in your energy bills, as they could indicate a problem with your AC. When your air conditioner isn’t working efficiently, it uses more energy to get the job done. While you may not notice a difference in its performance, your energy bill surely will!
There’s nothing worse than realizing that your AC is blowing warm air, especially because it’s a sure sign that you need AC repairs. While this problem could be caused by several things, the most common reason your AC blows warm air in the summer is that it’s frozen. It sounds crazy, but dirty coils paired with the heat and humidity of summer can actually cause ice to form on your AC, blocking the cooling process entirely. You can fix this problem yourself by:
- Turning your thermostat OFF and your fan ON
- Waiting for the ice to thaw and letting the coils dry completely
- Turning your thermostat ON and your fan to AUTO
If your AC freezes multiple times in one cooling season, there could be a more serious issue — call on Blanco A/C, Electrical & Plumbing for HVAC repair.
Little to No Airflow
Is your AC running but not blowing any air? When your AC is cooling but you’re not feeling the benefits, you might as well be throwing money away. This problem can be caused by a broken or stuck blower, but it can also be caused by debris and blockages in the system. Be sure to change your air filter every one to three months to keep dust, dirt, hair and other debris from building up in your ductwork.
Central Texas can get pretty humid, and sometimes it feels like there’s no escaping the hot, sticky air outside. However, the outdoor humidity should never follow you inside, too! Moisture removal is a natural part of the air conditioning process, so high humidity in your home could be a sign that something is off with the system. Schedule air conditioning service as soon as possible if you’re dealing with a humid home.
Frequent AC Cycles
Your AC system cycles periodically throughout the day to keep your home cool and comfortable, so you’re probably used to the sound of it turning on and off. If you’ve noticed your AC system cycling frequently, you could have a major problem on your hands. Keep an ear out for these abnormalities in your AC’s cycling and schedule air conditioner repairs if you notice them:
- Constantly running
- Turning off immediately after turning on
- Short cycles close together
Unusual Noises or Odors
You know the normal sounds and smells of your air conditioning system — or, hopefully, the lack of smells! That means you’ll notice if your AC makes a loud noise or there’s a foul odor coming from the vents. These things are indicators of major issues with your AC system, and you should never ignore them! Call on Blanco A/C if you notice any strange noises or odors coming from your air conditioner.