You should get your air conditioner serviced every year either just before or just after summer. However, sometimes people forget or just can’t afford the maintenance and have to skip it. If yours hasn’t been serviced in a while, make sure you pay attention to signs that it needs to be serviced. It’s a lot less expensive to get the maintenance than to get it fixed or replaced if it breaks. Here are some signs that your air conditioner needs to be serviced.
Air Feels Warm
If you turn on your air conditioner and the air coming out of the vents isn’t as cold as it used to be, or as cold as it should be, it’s a sign that your air conditioner needs to be serviced. An HVAC professional will find the problem and either fix it or recommend that your unit gets replaced. Either way, this isn’t something you can figure out yourself, so you need to call a professional.
Air conditioners build up moisture as they blow cool air. They’re made with drain pipes that drain the moisture out so it doesn’t pool up inside of the air conditioner. Proper drainage is important to keep an air conditioner running properly. If the condensation is pooling up around your air conditioner, then it’s an indication that one of the pipes is either broken or blocked. The leaking water can do some serious damage to your unit, so if you notice it leaking, call an HVAC technician to service for AC unit as soon as possible. If summer is about over, don’t think that you can put it off because you won’t be using your unit for a while. The water that is pooling around the unit can freeze to it and cause even more problems.
Your Electric Bill is High
It’s normal for an electric bill to be higher than usual during the summer months because your air conditioner will consume extra electricity. It will be even higher for those who have gas heat and don’t use that extra electricity during the winter time. However, if your bill looks like it is higher than ever, it could be a sign that you need your air conditioner serviced. If you moved into your home since the previous summer, you can call the electric company and ask for an amount for the previous summers. This way you can see if the bill has been steady or getting higher every year. If it seems to be inclining, you need to have your electric bill serviced.
Your Home is Dusty
If your house seems to be collecting dust at a rapid pace, it could be another sign that there is something wrong with your HVAC equipment. You can try changing your air filter to see if that helps. If it is dirty, the air could be blowing the clogged dust into your home. If your house is still collecting dust, there is a good chance that you need your equipment serviced or your ducts in the home cleaned out. The dust can cause severe issues for people who have allergies and asthma. Even if you don’t, the excess dust is unhealthy, and no one wants a dusty home.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, make sure you call an HVAC specialist to service and maintain your equipment.