Now that summer has arrived, signs you need AC repair are likely much more obvious. Particularly in states like Utah, where the summer can really sizzle, you depend on your air conditioner like you depend on clean drinking water. However, the signs that something’s amiss, repairs are needed or maintenance is due were likely there for a long time. Unfortunately, it’s easy to put some chores on the back burner. Many air conditioner repair contractors are incredibly busy this time of year, but they could have easily made these repairs during the cooler months, if they had been reported then.
Do you think you need A/C repair? If you suspect it, you probably do (or at least a thorough inspection). If your HVAC system isn’t performing like you think it should, don’t delay. Call in the professionals immediately. The longer a potential problem persists, the worse it can become. What could be a minor electrical issue can turn into a full-blown fire or breakdown if you ignore the red flags.
Here are some of the biggest signs you may need A/C repair:
1. It’s not as cool as it used to be. Is your air conditioner actually running warmer, or is it all in your head? There’s only one way to find out. Even if it turns out you’re the one running warmer than usual, if it’s been more than a year since your last HVAC inspection, it’s still better to play it safe. There may be ways to get cooler air, or to insulate your home better in order to trap that cold air for longer.
2. It’s making a weird noise. The older the system, the more likely it is to make noise. However, you shouldn’t be hyper aware of your A/C operating, no matter its age. If you notice a noise, call in the experts. It could be a minor repair, or it could be a sign of a much bigger problem. You get used to noises in your home, so take a moment to listen carefully. If a noise sounds off, it probably is.
3. Your electric bill is through the roof. It’s normal to have a higher electrical bill in the summer, since you’re operating your A/C. However, there’s such a thing as too high. If you suspect your bill is unnecessarily high, especially compared to last year’s at the same time, something’s wrong. It might not be your air conditioner, but that’s a good place to start looking.
4. There’s a strange smell. If you notice a smell coming from your air conditioner, that’s a huge red flag. Call a professional immediately, since this could be a sign of refrigerant leaks or a power issue. If possible, keep your HVAC system turned off until the technician arrives.
Prevention is the best approach with your HVAC system. Call Sandy Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule a maintenance check or repair.