Inspecting Your Air Conditioner Properly For Damages
The first thing you should do when you suspect something is wrong with your AC unit is to turn it off
- Turn the thermostat setting down as far as possible once you have turned the system off. This way, you won’t accidentally turn it back on after inspecting it and end up wasting energy or even worse, neglecting a major problem.
On The Outside: Checking For Leaks
Contrary to popular belief, a tiny leak isn’t the only thing that can cause your air conditioner to fail – sometimes all it takes is a crack in one of your ducts for your AC to malfunction. Before going inside your unit, try checking where the outdoor pipe meets the house for signs of water damage.
On The Outside: Checking If It’s Blowing Cold Air
Once you’ve checked outside and found nothing wrong with your AC, head on over to the thermostat and turn it up so you have a comfortable temperature in your house while you inspect what’s going on with your AC system. After about an hour or so, go back and check whether the unit feels cold enough when standing right in front of the vent.
On The Inside: Checking For Strange Noises
ACs can be noisy, especially when they’re on their very first few days with your family, but continuous rattling or grinding noises might mean that you’ve found a problem.
The Importance Of Hiring An AC Expert
It’s the middle of summer. Sweat is dripping down your forehead as you lie on the couch, fan pointed directly at your face. You decide to get up and grab a cold drink from the fridge though it won’t help much because just moments earlier you found out that your air conditioner has stopped working completely. The problem is you have no idea how to fix it so you phone a repair company, but they say it will cost quite a lot of money for them to come out so instead they recommend hiring an expert who would be able to inspect your AC for possible problems before any further damage can be done.
The next day you arrange for an expert with years upon years under their belt to come to your home. They check the air conditioner and notice that it’s a simple problem of a wire behind a switch touching something it shouldn’t have been touching, causing an electrical short circuit. An expert like Air Comfort Pro LLC fixes the wire in less than five minutes saving you from future problems and even preventing any damage to other parts of your AC.
Replace Or Repair Your AC Unit
When your air conditioner stops working, do you try to repair it or do you replace it? The answer to this question depends on the age and condition of your current system. If you’re trying to decide between repairing and replacement unit , here are some factors that could help you make a decision:
– Age of Current Unit
If your AC is 12 years old or more, then it may be time for an upgrade to newer, more energy efficient model. Older systems can be less expensive initially; however, they usually need frequent repairs , which will reduce the overall financial savings in the long run.
– Frequency of Repairs
If your AC is experiencing frequent breakdowns (3 times year or longer), then it could be time to replace your unit. Many people continue to make repairs on their AC , even when the cost of the repair is more than half of what a new unit would cost. In these cases, it might be wise to look at replacement air conditioners . – Cost of Repairs
– System Efficiency
If energy efficiency is important to you, choose an AC with high seasonal energy efficiencies (SEER).