Kansas City summers are as hot as they come, and a good air conditioner is more a necessity than luxury when the thermometer starts to rise. The last thing you need is a breakdown just when the summer temperatures are at their highest, or a sudden repair call forcing you to scramble to rearrange your schedule just to keep your home comfortable.
We’re using our air conditioners right now, but the weather is still comparatively cool. That means now is an excellent time to watch for the signs that you need repairs. While you should never formally diagnose a problem with your air conditioner (AC units contain delicate and complex components that require formal training and licensing to address, as well as potentially dangerous material like chemical refrigerant), you can still spot the signs that something is wrong.
Generally speaking, anything that doesn’t match the normal functions of your air conditioner is reason to call a repair service. You’re likely familiar with how your system operates, even if it’s just a subconscious acceptance of the “normal” sights and sounds. That should make it easy to notice anything out of the ordinary.
More specifically, there are a number of symptoms of trouble that can alert you to the presence of a problem. They recur across multiple issues, and can make an easy means of determining if your air conditioner needs repairs without having to formally diagnose the problem. Such signs can include the following:
- Low Air Flow. A blockage in the system can reduce the flow of air through your system, as can duct breaches and problems with the blower. This is a problem not only because it forces the air conditioner to work harder to do its job, but because it leaves cold air trapped in the system. This can cause serious problems, such as ice forming on the coils.
- A Lack of Cool Air. If the system only blows warm air out of the vents, you know there’s a problem. The same problem exists if the air is cool, just not as cool as you think it is. It has the same problem as low air flow: reducing efficiency, increasing the costs of running the system, and adding unnecessary strain to other components.
- Strange Noises. You’re probably accustomed to the sounds your air conditioner makes when it runs. Any sounds that don’t match that are probably grounds for a repair call. In most cases, the strange noises will start and stop in time with the starting and stopping of the air conditioner.
- A Spike in Your Bills. Sometimes, there doesn’t need to be anything specifically wrong with the system to merit repairs. But a malfunctioning component may increase the AC’s energy consumption, forcing you to pay higher bills despite not using the system more than normal
If you spot these signs, or anything that doesn’t match your system’s normal ability to function, turn off the system and call for repairs.
For quality air conditioning repair in Kansas City, MO, call the friendly professionals at MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling today!