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Check Your AC for Signs of Trouble

air-conditioning-maintenanceWith spring on the way, the time has come to dust off your air conditioner and get it ready for summer. And the last thing you want to happen is to have a breakdown in the middle of one of those 105°F days when the sidewalks themselves seem to be melting. You never want to let problems with air conditioners take you by surprise. The time to check is now, before the weather gets hot.

You should never try to diagnose a problem with your air conditioner, let alone conduct repairs. Air conditioners contain potentially dangerous components like refrigerant, which require proper training and licensing to handle. Ideally, you should schedule a maintenance session every spring, which gives a trained technician a chance to look over your system for any problems.

Beyond that, however, you can check your system for telltale signs of trouble simply by running it for 15 to 20 minutes and watching for anything out of the ordinary. This can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Odd noises, such as clangs, buzzes, whistles, and anything doesn’t match the sounds your AC normally make. In most cases, these noises will start and stop in conjunction with the starting and stopping of your air conditioner.
  • Low air flow, which can affect one vent or many. It’s usually caused either by a blockage in the ducts or some problem with the fan mechanism.
  • Low cooling levels, which simply means air that isn’t as cool as you expect. It forces the system to work harder to do its job.
  • Short cycling, which is turning on and turning off rapidly many times throughout the day. It takes a lot more energy to turn the system on and off than it does to just run, which can result in big trouble.

For quality air conditioner service in Irving, TX, call Earthwise Home Services today!

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