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When Should You Call for Air Conditioning Service?

When Should You Call for Air Conditioning Service?
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether you need to call for service for your air conditioning system. There are a few minor issues that most Port Orange area homeowners could take care of themselves. However, there are other problems that you should never attempt to fix on your own. These are repairs that should only be made by a professional heating and cooling technician.
Here is how to tell whether your air conditioning issue is one that needs professional attention.

Warm Air Coming Out of Your Vents
There are a few reasons why you may have warm air coming out of your air vents. It could be as simple as someone accidentally switched your thermostat to heat or that the temperature has been raised. Before calling for service, check your thermostat first to make sure it is set to the correct temperature and is set for cooling.

If your thermostat is properly set and you still have warm air coming out of your vents, check your air filter. If your air filter is clogged with dust, pet hair, and other debris, it cannot provide the airflow your system needs to cool your home. Replace the filter if needed. It could also be possible that your condenser cabinet outdoors has its airflow compromised from grass and other vegetation growing around it.

If you cannot solve the problem, it could be possible that your system is low on refrigerant. You will need to call for service. Our service tech will check your system for leaks and recharge the coolant to the recommended level.

Air Conditioner Keeps Turning Itself Off
Most air conditioning systems will automatically shut themselves off if certain conditions exist. It could be that it cannot get enough airflow because its air filter is clogged, and air cannot pass through it. If a hazardous electrical issue exists, your system may turn itself off to prevent further damage to your unit or your home. This is a situation where you will want to call for repair service.

Loud or Strange Noises Coming from Your System
A sudden change in the noises coming from your air conditioning unit could be the sign of an impending breakdown or a hazardous condition. A few sounds to be aware of include:

  • Screeching metal-on-metal sound – This could be a sign that the ball bearings in your air conditioner’s fan motor are wearing out. You should call for service and leave your system off until it is repaired to prevent more damage to your system.
  • High-pitched or hissing sound from the condenser cabinet – The compressor for your air conditioner is also inside its condenser cabinet. This type of noise could be a sign that pressure is building up within your system. This could be a potentially dangerous situation. To be safe, turn off your air conditioner and leave it off until you have it inspected and repaired by a heating and cooling professional.
  • Squealing sound – This sound could be a sign that your blower fan’s belt is worn or is slipping. You can continue to use your air conditioner. However, you should call for service because eventually, the belt will break. Then your air conditioner will no longer work.
  • Banging or clanking sound – This sound could happen for a couple of reasons. There could be a stick or other debris that has fallen into your condenser cabinet, especially if you have had a recent storm or high winds. You can safely remove the debris yourself after turning off power to your system. The other reason could be that the unit’s fan blade is loose or damaged and wobbling or banging into the cabinet. You should call for a repair to fix this or if you cannot determine the reason for the news.

Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping
When a circuit breaker trips, it is usually because it has detected an abnormal surge of power. This is a protective safety mechanism that can prevent an electrical fire or shock hazard from happening. Sometimes a circuit will trip for no apparent reason. If you do not smell a burning smell or see evidence of sparking, try resetting the circuit. If the circuit trips again as your air conditioner turns on or runs, you must keep your system turned off until you have it inspected and repaired.

Air Conditioner is Constantly Running
If your air conditioner continuously runs, it could be that it cannot keep up with the demand for cooled air. It could be that the temperature and humidity are extremely high, which can give your system a workout and should only be a temporary problem until normal temperatures return.

It could be a sign that your system is nearing the end of its useful lifespan and can no longer keep up with cooling your home. It could also mean that your air conditioner is too small to keep your home cool. In either case, you should have your system inspected to determine the problem and then consider the possibility of replacing it.

Electric Bill Has Suddenly Spiked this Summer
Does it seem like your electric bill has suddenly spiked or keeps going up each month during the summer? It could be time to replace your air conditioner for a new and more energy-efficient model, especially if it is more than 10 years old. You could potentially reduce your cooling costs by up to 20 percent by doing so. Only an experienced heating and cooling contractor should install your new system.

Rely on East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning this Summer
There is never a convenient time for your air conditioner to break down during the summer. Most problems can be prevented or caught early on with preventive maintenance. If your system has not been serviced in the past year, now is an excellent time to get it done. Contact East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule your maintenance service, air conditioner repair, or installation, or if you have any questions about repairing your system.

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