Though some signs you need air conditioning repair are fairly obvious (like your AC just straight not working), others may be more subtle and harder to detect. Here is how to tell if you need air conditioning repair (and some ways you can avoid it!).
When should I call or schedule service for air conditioning repair?
There are a number of clues that could indicate a need for air conditioning repair. Here are 6 signs you need to schedule service with an HVAC technician:
Your air conditioner is
- Not keeping up
- Noisier than usual
- Causing large swings in temperature
- Producing a hot/electrical smell
- Leaking oil
- Not dehumidifying your home
Are there simple things I can do before I schedule service that could remedy the issue?
There are! If you are having trouble with your AC, the first thing you should do is check the filter. You should change your filter every 1-3 months. If it's been a while since you checked it, change your filter and see if your air conditioning improves!
If your filter does not appear to be the problem, check your AC's outdoor coils. Dirty coils can cause your air conditioner to run less efficiently and could be the culprit behind many of the issues noted above.
Depending on how dirty your coils are, you can either try to clean the unit yourself or schedule service with Master Plumbing, Heating & Cooling and an HVAC technician can clean it for you.
If my air conditioning is in need of repair, how long should I expect to wait for someone to come?
Is today soon enough?
Here at Master Plumbing, we pride ourselves on providing excellent and very timely service. In most instances, you can expect to receive same day service! Are you a member of our Green Club? Green Club members always receive priority service, no-charge service calls, plus 10% off all products and services.
What can I do before AC season begins that will assist in the longevity of my unit?
There are three things you can do before the start of air conditioning season that increase the efficiency of your unit.
- Wash your condenser
- Change your filter
- Schedule an annual AC inspection (Are you member of our Green Club? This is included!)
What can I do after the season has ended that will assist in the longevity of my unit?
Take your AC into consideration when winterizing your home. A thorough cleaning at the end of the season is always a good idea!
It may also seem like a good idea to put a cover on your unit for the winter. However, we do not recommend you do this! Unless you have an icicle problem, do not put anything over your air conditioner. A covered AC creates the perfect winter home for mice! (A simple piece of plywood on top of your unit can protect it from falling icicles.)