Air conditioners are really put through their paces in Texas, which means they’re more prone to developing problems due to the strain. As we get closer and closer to cooling season, now is a great time to make sure that your air conditioner is in the best possible shape to cope with summer. The following are two of the best tips to keep your air conditioner healthy throughout the cooling season.
Preventive Maintenance Is King
It’s really not a good idea to wait until a problem starts to develop symptoms before calling for repairs. Sure, sometimes you get lucky and catch something before it can do any real damage. Most of the time, however, air conditioner problems don’t start to show unless they’ve been around for quite a while. By the time you notice that your air conditioner is having some sort of issue, it’s probably too late to prevent a lot of the damage. The best way to make sure your air conditioner stays in good shape is to actually catch issues before they develop far enough to cause damage. That means scheduling preventive maintenance.
A preventive maintenance appointment gives your technician the opportunity to go over your air conditioner in detail, highlighting areas that might develop issues in the near future and treating them. This can improve the energy efficiency of the air conditioner by up to 40% and reduce the odds of it developing serious problems by up to 90%. If you want to reap the benefits of preventive maintenance, however, you’re going to need to schedule it consistently. It’s recommended that you have your air conditioner professionally checked out once every spring to keep it in ideal condition.
Know When to Call for Repairs
As good as preventive maintenance is for the health of your system, it isn’t 100% effective. You still need to keep an eye out for warning signs that your air conditioner is having problems so you can have them dealt with as soon as possible. You probably won’t be able to prevent all of the damage, but you can at least take care of it before it gets any worse.
There are many different signs that your air conditioner might be having issues, including:
- Weird Noises: Hissing, bubbling, grinding, and any other noises that your air conditioner doesn’t normally make are all signs that you should have a professional look at it as soon as possible.
- Short Cycling: If your air conditioner is turning itself on and off every couple of minutes, now might be a good time to call for repairs. That’s called short cycling, and it makes it much more likely the air conditioner will develop other issues due to increased wear and tear. It also shortens the lifespan of the system.
- Leaking Fluid: This is never a good sign. Your air conditioner might have a refrigerant leak, which could eventually lead to a full breakdown. Call a professional right away if you see this.
Switzerland Air offers air conditioner repair and maintenance services in Clute, TX. Contact us today for an appointment.