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How to Spot the Signs of AC Repair Needs

outdoor-ac-unitWe may be well known for our chilly winters, but our summers can feel very long and hot, putting our air conditioners through a lot of work each and every year. A comfortable home is more than just a luxury when temperatures rise though—it’s a necessity. Therefore, your system will need to respond day after day.

Because of the work your cooling system does, it’s not rare for it to run into needs for air conditioning repair in Denver, CO, especially if you skipped maintenance. What’s important, though, is that you know how to watch for the signs of an air conditioning problem so you can get those repairs on your schedule right away.

Spotting Signs vs. Self-Diagnosis

Remember, spotting the signs of air conditioner problems is not the same as diagnosing a problem with the system. Only trained professionals should determine the source of a malfunctioning cooling system and make the appropriate repairs. Air conditioners contain potentially hazardous components, such as refrigerant, which requires professional licensing to manage.

But, you don’t need a professional to realize something might be wrong with your air conditioner. Any symptom that doesn’t match the normal operation of your cooling system should be treated as a potential problem. Additionally, you can train yourself to spot common symptoms of trouble every time you turn your air conditioner on. If your system has a problem, you can get an early jump on it and treat the repair job proactively instead of responding to a crisis.

What Are These Signs?

So, what sort of signs should you watch for? Specifics vary according to the type of air conditioner in your home, and the problem your specific system is having. However, many symptoms happen over a wide range of problems and are easy for a watchful homeowner to detect.

  • Low Airflow: This problem slows down your air conditioner’s ability to cool your home, and in many cases can even leave cool air trapped in the system, where it will cause ice to form on the coils and cause other sorts of problems as a result.
  • Loss of Cooling Power: A refrigerant leak, frost on the coils, or a number of other issues can raise the temperature of the cooled air, which again, impacts the efficiency of your air conditioner.
  • Odd Sounds: Odd sounds count as anything you don’t immediately recognize as part of the normal functioning sounds of your air conditioner. In most cases, it will start and stop in time with the starting and stopping of the air conditioner.
  • Short-Cycling: This is the process where the compressor turns off and on again rapidly while running for only a short amount of time. Air conditioners use more energy turning on and off than they do simply running, so short-cycling is usually a sign of a serious problem.
  • Higher Utility Bills: An unexpected spike in your energy bills is oftentimes a sign that something is causing your air conditioner to operate less efficiently than it once did. It definitely warrants a call to a pro for inspection.

Cool Sunshine Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. has been serving the Metro Denver area since 1997. We are one big happy family, and we’d like you to become a part of it! Contact us today for custom HVAC services and more.

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