Your home’s air conditioner is one of the most important components of its structural integrity. In Flower Mound, your air conditioner is a critical tool to keep your home comfortable, safe, and humidity-free. Yet, it is not uncommon for an AC to suffer problems over time, requiring the need for a technician to inspect it.
It is not uncommon for property owners to miss key warning signs that their system needs repair. However, if you recognize these and call for help right away, you may be able to see significantly less risk of higher costing repairs and replacement needs.
Common Signs You Need Repairs for Your Air Conditioner
If any of these signs occur, you may need AC repair. Remember, this does not take the place of preventative maintenance, a service that you should have done at least one time every year.
#1: The AC Is Running Without Cool Air
A common need for AC repair occurs when the air conditioner turns on and blows air, but the air is not cool. It may even feel warm to the touch. This occurs when the air conditioner’s coolant is leaking or is no longer efficient. It is not uncommon for this to occur if the system is older, but it is also unsafe to continue running your air conditioner without repair. You may notice fluid under the air conditioner, but that is not always the case.
#2: The AC Is Making a Strange Sound
You turn on the air conditioner, and it seems to work, but there is a loud sound coming from it. It may be due to a fan or a belt that is no longer functioning properly. This could sound like a squeal, or you may hear what sounds like metal hitting metal. Other times, the sound could be a loud motor, as if the system is struggling to work properly. This can happen if the system is not pulling in enough air and is struggling to keep up with demands. In all cases, you need AC repair to get the system back up and working properly again.
#3: Your Energy Bills Are Growing
There’s no doubt that the cost of cooling homes in Texas is getting more expensive. Sometimes that is due to the increased cost of energy from your supplier. Other times, it could indicate a worsening of your air conditioner’s overall efficiency. When this happens, it puts your budget out of line, but it also is an indication that the air conditioner is working much harder than it should be, and that will wear it out sooner. Let a technician inspect the system to determine if repairs are necessary and what can be done to improve its overall efficiency. AC repair can help to lower your cooling bills.
#4: There’s Ice Forming on the Unit
Do not wait to call for AC repair if you notice ice forming on your air conditioner. Ice formation is a common concern that the system has a refrigerant leak, which means that, even if you notice cool condensation on the exterior of the unit, your home’s air could still be hot. Calling a technician for repairs here is a critical step in ensuring your system is able to operate properly going forward – not getting repairs could lead to total failure.
#5: The System Is Turning On and Off Frequently
In some situations, your home’s air conditioner may seem to be turning on and off often. This is easy to miss when it is a hot day. However, when the system is cycling, which means it is turning on and off frequently, that can indicate there is a problem with the thermostat or the electrical connections. It is wise to seek out AC repair for this problem as soon as possible. The more it turns on and off, the more taxing it is to the system overall, and that could mean you need more expensive repairs later.
#6: It Just Will Not Turn On
A very common problem associated with AC repair needs is a nonworking system. You just cannot get any power going to it. Start with the breaker. If it is tripped, flip the breaker back. If it turns off again, that’s a sign to call a technician. If the breaker isn’t tripped in the first place, but there does not seem to be power going to the AC, that could be due to a system-wide failure, a damaged motor, electrical wiring issues, or a nonfunctioning thermostat. Having a professional take a closer look is a good idea to help get your system back up and running again.
#7: It’s Still Humid
The air conditioner has the job of cooling down the air. A side benefit of that is pulling out moisture from within the air, helping your home to be comfortable. However, if you notice that humidity is building in your home, that is a sign to call a technician for help. Humidity levels often mean the AC repair technician needs to adjust the settings, or there may be inefficiencies in the system. The coolant may not be efficient either.
In any of these situations, you should not wait to call for help. Doing so could put your system at risk. It is best to contact a technician right away and get some help with troubleshooting. Then, you may want to schedule emergency repair services to get your system back up and running in no time.
Contact Our Team Now for a Service Call
If you need AC repair, do not wait to give us a call. At One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Dallas, we are committed to working closely with you to ensure you have an efficient, safe system running in your home and keeping your family comfortable. Reach out to us now for any emergency repair needs.
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