Our winter has been fairly warm, though the last few weeks have brought a lot of cold temperatures. Nevertheless, we live in the Inland Empire, which means that hot weather is going to be here before we know it.
Our air conditioners get called into service earlier and earlier every year it seems, and if you’ve been having trouble with yours, it’s probably a good idea to get it looked at before summer begins. An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure, as they say, and getting an early jump on a troublesome air conditioner can pay big dividends over the long, hot summer to come.
Repair Issues Make Themselves Known Early
In some cases, an air conditioning repair is necessary because the system either won’t run, or because it is so obviously struggling to function that anyone can see the need to call in a professional. But such issues are often in the minority. Many problems with your air conditioner will reveal themselves with subtle signs that don’t prevent the system from functioning: merely make it more difficult for the system to run. It can be easy to overlook or dismiss them so long as your home is being cooled. If you did so last summer and the problems have persisted (as they almost always do), then you should definitely get them looked at before your air conditioner sees regular use again.
So what kind of things should you look for? There are a number of common symptoms of air conditioning problems that recur over multiple issues. And while you should never attempt to diagnose a problem yourself (it takes formal training and licensing to pinpoint the exact issue), you can learn to spot the issues. When you do, shut the system off and call in a repair service. Common signs of trouble can include the following:
- Low air flow, which forces your system to work harder than it should and can leave cold air trapped in the AC.
- Warm air, or air that isn’t as cool as you’re expecting.
- Strange noises, which qualify as anything you don’t normally recognize as part of your system’s ability to function.
- Unexpectedly high bills, despite not using your system more often than normal. (In the case of your AC, such spikes may have taken place last fall, at the end of cooling season).
- Short cycling, which means running for a short time and turning off, then turning on again very soon when the house starts to heat up.
Not Sure If You Need Repairs? Schedule Maintenance
If you have lingering issues like the ones listed above, a repair call may be the best option. But if you aren’t sure, then there’s an easy solution. Schedule a maintenance session with a trained technician, which will not only help you catch big problems when they’re still small, but helps your system perform more efficiently throughout the summer.
For quality air conditioning repairs in the Riverside, CA area, call Avis Plumbing-Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.