Texas gets its share of warm days in the fall, and while your air conditioner will likely see reduced use in the next few weeks, you’ll likely need to run it at least a few more times before winter sets in for the remainder of the year. Ironically, this is the time of year we tend to see more breakdowns and repair calls in air conditioners. A system running on a daily basis for months on end is apt to pick up some serious wear and tear, and all of that can catch up to it when you try to turn it on after a few days or weeks of non-use.
If you’ve had trouble with your air conditioner over the summer but haven’t had a chance to get it looked at, or even if you just have an older air conditioner whose warranty has expired, it pays to schedule repairs–or at least check for them–now, before the winter sets in. That ensures not only that your AC can handle any remaining hot days this year, but that it will be ready to go next spring when you’re going to need it on a much more regular basis.
Check the Signs
There are a number of common signs that your air conditioner is having difficulty. And while you should never attempt to diagnose or fix an air conditioner yourself (it requires formal licensing and training), you can still spot the symptoms if you pay attention to your air conditioner’s performance. Common signals of a problem can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Higher Bills without any additional use of your air conditioner over the summer. This can indicate a malfunctioning component that isn’t halting the system but is costing the system more energy than it should.
- Strange Noises, which can include anything not normally associated with the system’s ability to function. They typically start and stop with the starting and stopping of the air conditioner.
- Low Air Flow, which usually results from either a problem with the fan or a blockage of some sort.
- Reduced Cooling Levels, which means air from the system that isn’t as cool as you’re expecting.
If you spot any of these signs, turn off the system and call a repair service.
Maintenance Provides an Early Warning
If you can’t spot the signs that anything is wrong, but you’d like a professional opinion, there’s an option for that too. Air conditioning maintenance services provide an opportunity to check the system for signs of any potential problems and schedule repairs if repairs are warranted. This has the benefit of getting an early jump on any issues and allows you to schedule repairs at leisure instead of having to rush around in the face of a sudden breakdown. (It also helps your system perform more efficiently, lowering the cost of running it.)
Whether you need repairs or maintenance on your air conditioner here in Pasadena, TX, the friendly pros at Vanderford Air, Inc. are standing by to help!