Air conditioning systems are anything but a luxury here in Southern California, where temperatures can often hit 100 degrees and higher during the summer months. You need them to run all day every day until Labor Day at least, and often even later in the year. If your air conditioner exhibits any signs of trouble, now is the time to spot it and call in a repair service. Doing so now ensures that it won’t bother you when you really need it or suffer a breakdown just when the summer heat waves begin in earnest.
Diagnosing an issue with your air conditioning should be left to a trained professional. Common symptoms can have many possible sources and air conditioners contain delicate equipment that can be easily damaged without the proper training and licensing. (They also involve dangerous materials like refrigerant which can cause injury if you don’t know what you’re doing.) That’s why you should immediately shut down the system the moment you detect anything out of the ordinary and let a trained technician handle it from there.
Luckily, you don’t need to diagnose a problem in order to spot it. Simply put, anything that you don’t recognize as part of your air conditioner’s normal functions is grounds for shutting it off. It’s easier than you think. Running your air conditioner regularly will subconsciously attune you to its features. The moment you spot something unusual, it’s time to step in.
Many common symptoms recur across multiple issues, and while you might not be able to pinpoint the exact cause, they’re a pretty good sign that something is wrong. The most prevalent include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Low Air Flow. If something is blocking the flow of the air through the ducts, it will reduce the system’s effectiveness and force it to work harder to do its job. That will raise both your monthly bills and the stress on the system, eventually resulting in more serious problems. The same issue arises if there is a breach in the ducts, or if there’s a problem with the fan motor.
- Reduced Cooling Levels. Hot air coming from your AC, but so too is air that is cool, just not as cool as you’d like. The effect is the same as a lack of air flow: more energy expended and more stress put on the system. Reduced cooling levels can be caused by a refrigerant leak, an overheating component, a breach pulling air in from the outside, or several other factors.
- Strange Noises. You’re likely used to the noise your air conditioner makes as it runs. Anything that doesn’t match those noises is cause for concern: bumps, hums, whistles, whirrs and bangs, just for starters. In most cases, the noises with stop and start with the starting and the stopping of the air conditioner.
If your air conditioner shows signs of trouble in Bloomington, CA, quality repairs can be performed by the trained professionals at Avis Plumbing-Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.