The Four Questions To Ask When You Need Air Conditioning Service
When it’s blistering outside, the last thing you want to think about is your AC. But before the heatwave breaks, it’s a good idea to make sure your AC is working properly. No matter what brand of AC you’ve got, it’s important to perform regular Air Conditioning Service. Determining if your AC needs service is a matter of asking a few questions. Here are the five questions you need to ask before you get AC service.
Four Questions you need to ask
Your AC system has to be working properly for the unit to operate properly. But what exactly does that mean? Is your unit running too hot or too cold? Is it wasting energy or taking too long to cool down? Is it sucking cool air or blowing warm air? Is it leaking coolant? These are all questions that need to be answered to determine if the system needs maintenance. Some experts recommend doing a visual inspection once a year. You may not need to go in for a service visit if it appears to be in good working order. Some think a service call is unnecessary if the unit seems to be working properly. But even if your AC is working properly, it doesn’t hurt to check it. There are things you can do to improve the efficiency of the system.
Have you had a recent spike in your energy bills?
There’s nothing more annoying than paying the same amount to keep cool in the winter and sweating in the summer. This is why it’s important to track how much you spend. You can calculate the last time you had an energy bill increase (or decrease), and then compare that to how much your bill increased over the past month. You can also look at your energy usage over the previous three months. Your usage can also tell you if your AC needs to be serviced or if you’re going through regular usage cycles. Did you have a major power outage? A power outage can cause your AC to lose its energy efficiency, which could make it even more expensive to maintain. If you ever notice your AC running on electricity but isn’t cooling your home, it’s a good idea to get it serviced.
Is your AC not performing as it should?
The easiest way to determine whether your AC is running properly is to take it to a reliable service provider. During hot summer days, you don’t want your AC unit running out of temperature control. Your furnace and radiators will quickly be affected as well. Therefore, having your AC serviced before the summer heat arrives is a good idea. The service provider will perform an inspection to determine whether your AC is running properly. A few minor issues will require servicing right away, but if your AC is still operating as expected, you can wait for a few days for the problem to be resolved before having service performed again. In some cases, a service technician may need to do some minor adjustments, such as adjusting the temperature control.
Does your AC sound different from usual?
This sounds like a silly question, but a strange sound from your AC could mean it’s overheating. If your AC sounds different than normal, this could mean you’re not getting enough airflow. In general, the louder a window, the colder it gets. If your AC is blasting and it’s freezing cold in the apartment, you’ll want to check if your heater is faulty or not heating the room evenly. If the noise is loud and it doesn’t seem to be increasing, there’s nothing to worry about. It might just be the outside temperature causing the noise. Is the air coming out of the vents different? If it does seem different than normal it may be time for air conditioning service.
Do you notice a musty smell around your AC?
This might sound like an urban myth, but do you notice a musty smell in your home or the area around your home? If you do notice a musty smell, you might need to have your AC serviced. The musty smell is usually caused by clogged filters. Clogged filters can cause issues with your AC units and cause the unit to have to work harder. This means you’ll need to run your AC less often to keep your house comfortable. If you don’t notice the musty smell in your AC unit, this isn’t an immediate problem. You can take the clogged filter out of the unit, clean it, and wait for it to drain before replacing the filter. Is your unit too loud? You shouldn’t have to shout when you turn on the AC, but there might be an issue with your unit. If your unit is too loud, you might want to have it serviced.
These questions are based on the level of comfort, efficiency and overall functionality you want from your AC. Some of these questions are very general, but others will allow you to see the patterns that your AC is exhibiting. Having answers to these questions will help you decide if your AC needs to be serviced, and when you can schedule the service. Contact Anderson Air to learn about how we can help you with your air conditioning service needs.