Your air conditioner is all about providing comfort. The cool air flowing through your home's vents allows you to relax while the temperatures outside hits high levels. Unfortunately, that nice cold air can suddenly disappear. Although it may feel like your air conditioning unit failed to work with no warning, oftentimes, there are signs that indicate your system is on the verge of calling it quits. If your air conditioner is presenting any of the symptoms listed below, it's time to contact a trusted HVAC technician.
As your air conditioner cools down your home, it also dehumidifies the air. This happens when humid air moves across the evaporator coils in your unit. The coils then condense the water droplets found in the air, and release them into a drain. If the air in your house remains humid even though your A/C is running, there's a good chance the evaporator coils are dirty. The dust and dirt covering the evaporator forms a barrier between the coils and the air, which interferes with the coils' ability to cool and dehumidify the air inside your home. Hiring a HVAC technician to tune-up and clean your air conditioner once a year will help you avoid this issue, along with many other malfunctions.
A Spike in Your Energy Bill
Your home's energy bill obviously goes up during the cooling season, however, a large spike is a huge red flag. A hike in energy use indicates a loss in efficiency, meaning your air conditioner is working harder than before while it tries to cool your home. This symptom can point to a number of malfunctions, some more serious than others. Unfortunately, if you choose to ignore this warning sign, even the simplest malfunction can snowball into your unit eventually breaking down due to premature wear and tear.
You've become accustom to the noises your air conditioner makes when it switches on, unfortunately, when those familiar sounds are replaced with new unusual noises, a malfunction somewhere in the system is more than likely present. Clanking, gurgling, screeching, and rattling are all sounds that imply your air conditioning unit is suffering from a failing or damaged component. While you may be tempted to diagnose the malfunction yourself, it's better to hire an air conditioning specialist to inspect and repair your A/C system sooner than later.
If your air conditioner is acting strange, or you haven't had the unit tuned-up in several years, give JR Perkins Heating & Cooling a call today, and we'll be happy to help you schedule an appointment with one of are HVAC specialists.
JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing the Phoenix area, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com.