We’re not that far into March, but the days are already starting to heat up. Soon, the torrential rain of winter will seem a distant memory. As you start to rely on your air conditioner more and more often over the next few months, it’s important that you keep an eye out for any problems that may start to develop. Using the system for more hours a day means more wear and tear on the system, which means a greater likelihood of something going wrong. If you’re not entirely sure what to look for, start with these three common signs that your system needs some professional repairs.
You probably know what it feels like when your air conditioner is running at full blast, in terms of how much cool air it’s blowing. After all, who hasn’t stood in front of an air conditioning vent on a really hot day to cool off just a bit faster? Since you are hopefully familiar with what that feels like, you need to be aware of whether or not the output drops noticeably while the system is still operating.
Dropping output from your air conditioner could indicate a number of different things. It’s possible that the refrigerant level in the system is low, which we’ll get to a bit further on. It’s also possible that there are leaks in the ductwork preventing the full output of the system from reaching you. You’ll need to have a professional examine the system to be sure, but you should do it soon. Dropping output is not a good sign.
Listening for strange noises is a great way to identify problems in a lot of different systems, and air conditioning is no different. If you’ve had your air conditioner for any length of time, you know what it sounds like when the system is operating. If you hear grinding, hissing, or any other kind of unusual noise coming from the air conditioner, it’s time to call for repairs. It could mean that you have a problem with your air handler, refrigerant line, or any one of a half-dozen other parts. Best to make sure.
There are two fluids that your air conditioner deals with while it’s running. One is condensate, and the other is refrigerant. Condensate is created by the system cooling the air inside it past the dew point, and is drained out of the system by a pipe. Refrigerant is the fluid that makes it possible for the system to absorb heat and move it out of the house. If a leak develops in the refrigerant line, you’ve got trouble. A refrigerant leak will deprive the air conditioner of its ability to cool the home, until the system breaks down entirely. So make sure that you call for repairs if you notice fluid dripping from the system.
Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating offers comprehensive air conditioner repair services in Hanford, CA. If you need air conditioning services, contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our expert technicians.