Is your air conditioning unit ready for the summer season? It seems like it was only yesterday when the cold season started. Now, we are well on our way into spring. Before we know it, summer is already upon us.
This makes it the perfect time for you to take a look at your A/C unit. Having it break down during the hot summer months is not ideal. It will make your family feel uncomfortable when they should be enjoying a few months of warmth.
Don’t let a broken A/C ruin your summer. You need to have it checked right now.
4 signs your air conditioning unit needs maintenance
Ideally, your air conditioning unit should have a regular maintenance check. It can be done every year. But every few months, there are things that you should also do. Like you should make sure that the air filters are changed. Every now and then you need to check your A/C unit for signs that it needs a more serious inspection by a professional.
There are 4 specific signs that you need to look out for.
High energy consumption
Gather all your previous energy bills and compare them. Does it seem like your consumption is rising? What about your latest bill? Is it high? If your billing statement shows a very high consumption rate, it needs to be investigated. That consumption should reflect when it is summertime. But if the hot season has yet to come and your bill is already high, there is something wrong. Sometimes, when your air conditioning unit is not working efficiently, it consumes more energy. It has to work harder because something inside is compromised. Oftentimes, it is something as simple as a dirty air filter. This you can change easily. But there are times when it involves more serious damage. So, it’s best to have a professional check it out.
Air conditioning producing loud noises
Air conditioning units are built to run silently. The old models might make a noise, but the new ones shouldn’t. So if you turn on your A/C and it makes noises, you need to look into that. In the first few seconds, it might be okay to hear noises. But if these are loud noises that go on for more than a few minutes, that is a clear sign that there is something wrong with your unit. You need to turn it off and call a professional as soon as you can. There may be something loose or damaged inside your unit. Or maybe debris got stuck inside. That needs expert attention. If you make this go for long, it might cause more damage inside the unit.
Bad smells from air conditioning
Does your air conditioning unit emit a foul smell when you turn it on? This is not the stale air that is usually emitted when you turn it on. That is normal – especially if you haven’t turned it on for a long time because of the winter season. But if it goes on and the smell does not go away or it gets worse, that is a sign that you need to have it checked. One cause of this bad smell is that a pest got stuck inside and is probably dead too. You need to have this removed. Or maybe there is a leak that has gone stale and smelly inside. You need to have an expert come in to take a look inside your A/C unit. If not, your whole house might end up smelling bad and it might be hard to get rid of that smell once it sticks to everything you own.
Your air conditioning blows hot air
Finally, if your air conditioning unit blows hot air, that is a clear sign that there is something wrong. Your A/C should blow cold air. The way it works is it removes the hot air so the room feels cooler on your skin. If it blows hot air, then it defeats the purpose of being an air conditioner.
You need to check the air filter if it is already dirty. Sometimes, that is the cause. Or maybe there is something blocking the vents. There are also times when there is something specifically broken inside. Call in a professional so they can check it out.
Why fix your air conditioning unit before summer
The moment you find out that there is something wrong with your air conditioning unit, you have to work on it immediately. Summer is coming soon and you have to make sure your A/C unit is okay before that happens.
Why? There are two reasons to have a good working A/C during the summer season.
You need air conditioning in top shape
Obviously, summer brings in the hot air and warmest temperature all year. You want to make sure your home has a cooler temperature than outside. If not, it can be quite cruel. And if you expect your A/C to save you from the heat of the summer, you want it in top shape. After all, you will be using it all the time. You don’t want it suddenly breaking down when you need it the most.
You want to avoid the peak season
The other reason to have your air conditioning unit fixed now is the cost. Doing it just before the summer starts or during the actual season can cost you more. Late spring and the summer season is the peak for HVAC repair. They will not only charge you more, but there is also a chance they won’t be able to work on your AC immediately.
These two reasons alone should convince you to have your air conditioning unit fixed before the summer season gets here. So before the summer heats start, make sure that your air conditioning is in top shape. For regular maintenance or check up, make sure to contact us.