Some equipment you only use part of the year, such as a lawn mower or a snow blower. Otherwise, it’s out of sight and out of mind. That is until you need to mow your yard or clear a driveway. Then you worry about all the things that might go wrong in your time of need. The same is true for your AC system. For much of the year in Ohio, it’s on the backburner. When summer arrives, however, be on the lookout for these common signs of AC trouble.
3 Common Signs of AC Trouble
Routine central AC unit maintenance such as replacing an air filter is easy enough for most homeowners. When you have AC situations like the ones below, don’t cause more problems than you solve by tackling the repairs on your own. Instead, contact your local AC experts for air conditioning repair in Avon, OH.
1. Higher Electricity Bills
The first sign of AC trouble may not be from the system itself as opposed to your electricity bill. Yes, we’re all used to paying more for electricity in the summer, but even if you don’t have overt problems—yet!—with your AC unit, progressively higher bills with all other factors being equal can indicate trouble.
After all, if your system is functioning less efficiently, it will have to work harder to provide the same cooling power, costing you more money each month.
2. Lack of Cooling Power
Another indicator of an AC problem is a system that you can tell just doesn’t provide the same cooling power as in the past. There can be multiple causes for this. Perhaps the refrigerant level is low. Maybe you have severe leaks in your ductwork. Or it could be caused by fouled cooling coils which need to be cleaned and serviced.
No matter the cause—simple or complex—this problem demands an AC professional. After a thorough inspection and assessment of your system to diagnose the issue, then you’ll know your options for dealing with the situation.
3. Strange Noises
A clear sign of trouble is when your AC system suddenly starts making unexpected noises. If there are grinding and clanging sounds, a fan motor could be in the process of failing. Squealing and screeching reverberating through your ductwork is especially disconcerting and usually means belts need to be tightened or are wearing out.
Whistling or hissing sounds can indicate ductwork leaks, but this could be the more serious and dangerous symptom of a refrigerant leak. Another ominous sign is thumping or banging from the exterior unit as this could indicate problems with your compressor. In either case, turn off your AC immediately and call a professional.
Choosing an AC Repair Service
Westland Heating & Air Conditioning has been the go-to service provider throughout the northern Ohio region for over 25 years. During that time, we’ve learned to combine outstanding customer service with the latest technological advances. Our technicians have over 100 years of combined experience to provide the exceptional service you deserve.
Don’t fall behind on AC maintenance in the summer. Contact Westland Heating & Air Conditioning today!