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Is Your Air Conditioner Struggling? Know the Signs


Air conditioner repair is one of those services that when you need it, you need it fast. If you started using your AC with our recent warmer temperatures only to discover that it wasn’t operating as it should, or you detected weird noises or behaviors you never have before—give us a call.

Schedule maintenance, if you haven’t already. Spring air conditioning maintenance helps ensure that your air conditioner is clean, adjusted, and that we alert you to any pending repair needs that might exist. This is the best time of year to schedule such a service, historically speaking, since it’s less likely that our technicians will be out on emergency calls and therefore vastly unavailable.

If you already had maintenance done, or just want to know what’s going on with your struggling air conditioner, that’s legitimate too. Read on as we uncover some of the signs of a struggling air conditioner, and if any of these describe your system please give us a call right away!

Your System Struggles to Keep You Cool

You may think this would be an obvious sign of trouble, but you might be surprised to learn how long some homeowners deal with this type of cooling system problem. This is particularly true when temperatures haven’t gotten to their hottest yet—homeowners don’t really notice just how inadequately their systems are at cooling them off.

But if it’s 80° outside, and you’re setting your thermostat to 78° or below and not feeling any cooler, you have a problem! There could be a number of things causing this issue too, such as a refrigerant leak, or an evaporator coil problem. The best thing you can do at this point is to give our team a call.

Your Energy Bill Is Too High

We get it, this is a bit subjective. But, you shouldn’t be using your air conditioner too much quite yet, so if your energy bills are much higher than they were this same time last year, you’re right to be concerned. Compare your bills to not only what you used to pay, but to what your neighbors are paying as well.

Is there a big discrepancy? Then this is a sign that something is causing your air conditioner to perform inefficiently. Letting your air conditioner go on like this can exacerbate natural wear and tear, and lead to even higher energy bills. We urge you not to brush this off and wait to see what happens—it’s a clear sign that something is amiss.

Your System Runs in Quick Spurts

Have you noticed that your air conditioner rapidly cycles on and off, instead of cycling in the regular intervals that it used to in years prior? This problem is called short-cycling. There are a number of potential causes for such a problem.

It bears mentioning that if you just had your air conditioner installed and it’s short cycling, then it was unfortunately not sized correctly. If this is the case, you may want to see what warranty protections you have, as you’re going to want a new system sooner than later!

If you have an older air conditioner, short-cycling is still the symptom of a problem, and it wears down on your cooling system faster. So be sure to have it checked out!

For quality air conditioning services and more, contact Smart Choice Heating and Air. Dedicated to Great Service, Clean Air & Happy Homes!

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