In our previous post, we discussed some tips on how to increase the lifespan of your air conditioner. With fall officially here, and temperatures already low enough to start using our heating systems on a consistent basis, you may have already forgotten about your air conditioner for the year. But, this is the last thing you want to do—at least, if you have Idaho Falls, ID air conditioning repair needs that you haven’t addressed yet.
Given how hot our summers are, chances are high that your cooling system built up a good amount of wear and tear from the few months of steady work it went through. Making any delay on repairs could leave you with unintentional consequences next year, or can even impact the effectiveness of your heating system.
What Repair Needs Should I Look for?
Here are a few common signs of an air conditioner in disrepair, and what the signs may mean:
- Ice on the Evaporator Coil: There are a number of homeowners who believe it’s normal to see ice on their air conditioner. After all, it’s a system that cools, right? Unfortunately, this is a dangerous misconception. Your air conditioner should not have ice developing anywhere, and if this is happening it means that the evaporator coil is getting too cold and causing condensation to freeze. A common cause of this is a clogged air filter, so this should be the first thing you check. Changing your air filter will benefit your heater too—one reason why you should always pay attention to your AC needs even in the post-season.
- Short Cycling: This is a process that describes when you hear your HVAC system running, cycling back down, and turning back on in rapid succession rather than regularly and gradually. There are a number of potential causes for this issue. One is that your air conditioner may have been incorrectly sized to start with. But if this is a new occurrence and you’ve had your cooling system for awhile, this won’t be the case. Rather, you may have a refrigerant leak, a dirty coil, or some other malfunctioning component.
- Odd Noises: This is usually the easiest repair issue to ignore. After all, if your cooling system is a little noisy but is still pumping out cold air, no harm done right? It’s important to remember that if your AC is making odd or unfamiliar sounds, something is wrong. From screeching sounds to grinding noises or even the banging of a loose component, odd noises are often the first sign that something is wrong with your air conditioner, and leaving it unaddressed can leave you in a lurch next year.
Taking Care of Repairs Now Will Fend Off Bigger Problems Later
The number one reason you should stay on top of any AC repair needs, no matter the time of year, is to promote longer equipment life. If you allow a repair issue to continue without addressing it, the life expectancy will begin to drop. Taking care of problems now also stops problems from worsening and spreading, prevents sudden premature breakdowns, and helps you save money on energy bills since it promotes system efficiency.
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