When to Call a Pro for AC Repairs
You may dread the prospect of calling an HVAC professional for AC repairs during the summer months. However, ignoring a problem can lead to more serious damage over time. Some issues may seem minor, and you may be tempted to continue using your equipment with the hope that such a problem will resolve on its own. Knowing when to call your contractor is important for ensuring that your household’s comfort is maintained during the hot months of summer.
Discerning Between Urgent and Minor AC Issues
An immediate call to your cooling technician is warranted if:
- Your system won’t operate at all
- Only hot or warm air is produced
- Equipment makes loud or unusual sounds
Before you call, take a few minutes to troubleshoot. Check your thermostat settings to verify that an accidental change hasn’t been made. Your unit should be set for cooling activity, and the call for cooling action is dependent on the desired temperature setting being lower than the registered room temperature. Families with children may find that youngsters have tampered with buttons or dials, making it important to double check. It’s also possible that your thermostat batteries are failing, meaning that you might resolve the problem with a replacement.
Verify that electric connections are intact, as well. Your electric box may have a tripped switch, and a quick check might be all that is required to restore cooling activity. Check your air filter, too. Dirty filters can be responsible for restricting the movement of air through your equipment, leading to poor performance. If your issue isn’t resolved through these checks, call for AC repairs.
HVAC Maintenance and System Performance
Some AC issues may seem minor, but allowing them to continue can be costly over time. Poor air pressure as your system operates is one example. An airstream that doesn’t seem very cold is another issue tied to poor maintenance. A spring inspection and tune-up is recommended annually to achieve optimum performance from your equipment. An air conditioner can lose approximately five percent efficiency per year, leading to higher bills and poor comfort control results. During a service call, your contractor will:
- Inspect indoor and outdoor units
- Clean coils, drip pans, drain lines and blower parts
- Check and recharge refrigerant as needed
- Test electronic components and unit controls
- Lubricate moving parts
- Tighten loose connections
Dirty parts can add significantly to your energy bills while decreasing the comfort performance of your system. Dirt collecting on the evaporator coils in your air handler can lead to a restricted airflow, an issue you may not notice until it becomes severe. A weak airstream at your vents is a cue that your coils may be too dirty. Additionally, a layer of dirt on these coils can impede the heat transfer process that allows your home to be cooled. If the air from your vents seems cool but not cold, coil cleaning may be the issue. Low refrigerant could also be to blame, and both possibilities can be evaluated through HVAC maintenance.
Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning is available for emergency AC issues on a 24-hour basis. We will work quickly to diagnose problems and provide repairs or AC replacement as needed. Our maintenance services are also excellent for ensuring that minor problems with your system in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, are mitigated quickly. Call our office for an appointment.