If you work with a contractor and they tell you that your AC is guaranteed to be problem-free, find a new contractor. Seriously. You deserve to work with honest people. No contractor with any integrity would make such a false claim. The fact is that all air conditioners need repairs from time to time.
Are there ways to limit the need for repairs? Of course. You can and should schedule professional air conditioning maintenance. You should change your air filter regularly, too. That’s a more important task than many people realize. Even then, you’ll still have occasional AC repair needs.
1. Your Air Conditioner Blows Warm Air
This sounds like a very obvious one. We get that. But you’d be surprised at how willing homeowners are to overlook even obvious signs of trouble. We didn’t say blowing hot air. We didn’t say not blowing air. Just blowing warm air.
Don’t ever tell yourself that your AC is performing well enough. That’s just not good enough. And while it may be keeping your home relatively cool, a drop in cooling output could be a sign of a serious problem. Maybe even a refrigerant leak.
2. Your AC Short Cycles
What is short cycling? It’s when your air conditioner starts up, runs only very briefly, and then cycles right back down. Again, it may still cool your home okay. But short cycling takes a toll.
It drives up energy costs. It puts a lot of wear and tear on systems. It keeps you less comfortable while you pay more, all the while putting your air conditioner at risk!
3. Your AC Makes Strange Sounds
If your air conditioner makes strange sounds—meaning any sound out of the ordinary, there is a very good chance you need AC repairs in Tallahassee, FL.
Grinding, screeching, clanging, banging. Literally anything outside of the sound your AC makes cycling on and off, and maybe actually blowing air, should be suspect. Don’t ignore odd sounds only to discover big issues!
4. Your System Smells Odd
This is one of those problems you’d think no one would ignore. But have you ever gone into someone’s home and noticed a distinct odor? Then wondered if your home has a distinct odor? It does.
The fact is that we get used to odors the longer we’re around them. So contact us as soon as you notice any burning odors, or even musty odors that may be coming from your ducts themselves.
5. Your Air Conditioner Drains Your Budget
This is one that most people are fairly quick to act on. Obviously, we spend a good amount cooling our homes here in Tallahassee. It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s to be expected.
But if you notice that your air conditioner is costing more and more to keep your home cool, you may have an issue on your hands. Assuming that your AC is still in good shape and is well-maintained, you shouldn’t really be seeing major spikes in operating costs.