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Signs You Need AC Repairs

checklist-with-red-markerYou’re hearing really odd noises coming from your air conditioner. Or maybe it’s not pumping out as much cool air as it should be.

Whatever the case, you know you probably need prompt AC repair in Tampa, FL, especially at this time of the year, to get your comfort under control again. Read on to learn about the signs you need AC repair and what those signs mean!

The System Isn’t Keeping You Cool As It Used To

At first, you might brush this problem off—maybe because it’s so hot and humid outside, your air conditioner is struggling. But the fact of the matter is, if your air conditioner was able to handle the heat last year and it can’t do so this year, it’s a sign of a problem.

The problem can be due to something like a miscalibrated thermostat or a clogged air filter—so first check on these. Alternatively, you could be looking at a refrigerant leak or ductwork damage, which you’d definitely need to contact our professionals for.

Your Energy Bills Are Higher Than Average

Take a look at your utility bills for the last couple of months. Are they a lot higher than they were this same time last year? If so, it’s a sign that something in your home is working inefficiently, and it could very well be your air conditioner.

After all, the HVAC systems in your home account for about half of all the household energy use, so it makes sense that when something is affecting AC efficiency, it’s going to be reflected in your energy bills.

The System Is Cycling On and Off Rapidly

This process is known as short cycling. Your AC system turns on, runs for a brief time, then cycles right back off before it can complete a full cooling cycle. But then, it turns back on again and the process continues! In the meantime, it never actually cools down your home.

Not only is the symptom of a problem with your air conditioner, but it can also, and will, cause further problems for the system. Essentially, the heat inside your living space will keep signaling to the thermostat that your air conditioner should turn on, but the short cycling will exacerbate wear and tear, leading to increased repair needs and maybe even premature system breakdown.

There Are Strange Noises Coming From the System

For example, you might hear a screeching sound. This can indicate worn motor bearing that need replacing. This is a relatively minor problem, and easy for our professionals to fix. What happens is that homeowners often let a problem like this go on for too long, and then they have the chance to have a sort of “domino effect,” damaging other components and making the repair need much larger and more expensive.

A worn motor bearing can lead to an overheated motor and a broken-down air conditioner!

Other noises you don’t want to hear coming from your air conditioner are excessive rattling, clanging or banging, or hissing that can indicate a refrigerant leak.

For reliable AC service, contact IERNA’s Heating & Cooling today! 

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