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Common End-of-Season AC Repair Needs

technician-working-on-air-conditionerAs the weather finally starts to cool down and autumn begins, you might already be thinking about how your heating system is doing, and whether it needs any repairs before winter. It’s definitely not too early to schedule seasonal maintenance for your heater! But there will still be some hot days before your air conditioner gets to take its winter break, and you want to make sure you’ll be able to keep yourself cool and comfortable when those hot days hit. There are signs that can let you know your air conditioner needs help now, and if you watch for them, you can avoid bigger problems.

At the end of the cooling season, you may feel tempted to delay repairs to your AC system. But it’s best to address problems promptly. A small problem with your air conditioner can turn into a bigger problem (and a more expensive repair) if you keep running the AC on those hot days. A slightly loose component might work its way free, for example, striking other components when it does. Then your technician isn’t just tightening screws; they’re having to fix or replace parts. Another reason to schedule repair now is to avoid the busy spring season, when many homeowners are having new systems installed. You don’t want to find out in May, when you want your air conditioner working right away, that your air conditioning repair in Lake Jackson will have to be scheduled out weeks ahead.

Noises

Apart from the regular sounds of the cycle—whirring fan, humming compressor, occasional drips of condensation—is your air conditioner making noises? Clattering, buzzing, hissing, banging, or any new sounds can indicate that repairs are needed.

Short Cycling

Air conditioners run in cycles, just like furnaces. Once the target temperature is reached, the compressor shuts down for a time. These cycles should be 15 or even 20 minutes long. If the compressor is starting and stopping in much shorter intervals, it’s time to call a technician.

Not-Cool-Enough Air

If the air flowing from your AC unit just isn’t as cool as it used to be, it needs to be looked at by a professional. It may be that refrigerant has leaked, and there’s no longer enough in the system to do the job of carrying the heat and releasing it outdoors. Or a part may be overheating, warming the air inside the unit before it has a chance to flow out and cool your home.

Not Enough Cool Air

If the air is plenty cool, but is only coming out in a trickle, this is also a reason to schedule repairs. Perhaps trapped air in the system is causing the coils to freeze, or perhaps there is damage to ductwork, allowing much of the cooled air to escape before it gets to the vent.

If you’re experiencing any of these problems, don’t try to diagnose them yourself. Because refrigerant and electrical components can be hazardous, a qualified technician should inspect your system. 

To schedule repairs or get answers to your questions, contact Switzerland Air today.

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