We are well on our way to experiencing some of the hottest temperatures that Central Florida has to offer throughout the year. Therefore, if you're like most homeowners in Port Orange, Florida, you rely heavily on your air conditioning system to get you through these summer months.
Assuming your goal is to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home this summer, you'll want to make sure that you proactively identify any issues with your air conditioner before you experience any system downtime.
Here are 4 of the most common warning signs that your air conditioning system is in trouble and that repairs may soon be needed:
1. You see ice on the system.
No, this does not mean that your air conditioning system is doing a really good job of cooling your home. Instead, it's typically a warning sign of a larger issue, such as a refrigerant leak or an extremely clogged air filter. Therefore, if you notice ice on your system, you'll want to immediately make a call to your Port Orange HVAC technician.
2. You notice an increase in your energy bill.
Generally, about half of your energy bill is related to heating or cooling your home. If you notice that your energy bill is increasing, that may be an indication that your air conditioner is not functioning efficiently. If your system is having to work harder to keep your home cool, it can lead to repairs being needed sooner rather than later. This is something that you'll want to address before you experience any interruptions with your air conditioner.
3. You hear some unfamiliar noises.
Inevitably, your air conditioner will make some noise to operate. However, if you begin hearing unfamiliar loud noises, that can often be a symptom of an impending issue. While your system still may seem to be cooling your home despite these noises, they should not be ignored or they could lead to serious damages.
4. Weak air flow.
If the temperature inside your home feels warmer than you would like, stick your hand over one of the registers to check the air flow. If you notice that the air flow is weak, it may be a sign that your compressor is beginning to fail. Another possibility for poor air flow is that the ductwork needs to be cleaned. Weak air flow is certainly a symptom that should be addressed promptly to prevent the need for larger and more costly repairs.
The best way to proactively address these issues before they become a problem is to have routine service performed on your HVAC system every spring and fall.
However, if you do experience any of these warning signs, it's best to address them as soon as possible before they become larger problems.
Please contact us at East Coast Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about the common signs that a repair to your air conditioner is imminent.