When your air conditioner goes on the fritz and doesn’t cool your home adequately, it’s easy to panic. In 46 years of serving our community, we’ve seen pretty much anything that can go wrong with an air conditioner happen at least once. Our experience is your gain, as our knowledgeable technicians will diagnose precisely what’s wrong with your equipment. The first step in any diagnosis is to look for simple things first. Here are some of the most common problems we find when troubleshooting.
1. Dirty or clogged filters. The single most important thing you can do to ensure adequate comfort is to change filters regularly.Dirty filters restrict air flow. This means your air handler has to work harder to circulate air throughout your home. This puts unnecessary strain on your equipment and may result in a breakdown, along with excessive utility bills and diminished equipment life. Change filters at least every three months – even monthly is not excessive, especially if you have a pet that sheds. Filters are cheap. You can buy a year’s supply for less than the cost of a single service call.
2. Other mechanical issues. Modern comfort systems are complicated machines with a variety of electro-mechanical moving parts, including belts, bearings, fans and motors. Over time all of these components are subject to normal wear and tear.
3. Thermostat malfunction. Your thermostat regulates when cooled air is to be produced and how much. So-called “smart” thermostats are really small computers that can be programmed to set different temperatures at different times, depending on whether residents are at home and their comfort preferences. Whether you have an automated or manual thermostat, problems can develop that lead
to a disruption in your comfort.
Many thermostats are powered by batteries, and one of the first things our troubleshooting technician will check is whether those batteries need replacing! Modern thermostats give a readout warning when batteries get low, but it’s surprising how many homeowners don’t notice or don’t heed the flashing reminders to change thermostat batteries.
The best way to assure that your system functions during the most extreme weather is to have your unit serviced regularly – at least once a year. Give us a call to ask about our economical service plans that include full system inspections and maintenance.
Regular maintenance is easy to overlook in the hustle and bustle of daily life. One of the great things about a service plan is that we will call to remind you when it’s time for your annual or twice-annual check-ups.
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