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Watch Out for These Signs That Your Air Conditioner is Malfunctioning

Air-Conditioner-TechnicianSummer puts a lot of strain on your air conditioner, which increases the odds of it malfunctioning in some way. Even if you’ve taken steps to lower the chances of that happening, like scheduling preventive maintenance, there is still a possibility of some sort of issue cropping up between maintenance appointments. While you’re using your air conditioner on a regular basis this season, make sure that you keep an eye out for the following signs that your system is in trouble.

Falling Output

If your air conditioner isn’t blowing as much air as it should be, or the air it’s blowing isn’t as cool as it normally is, you likely have some sort of problem in the system. A clogged air filter can prevent the majority of the air in the ducts from entering the air conditioner itself, thus lowering the amount of air the system can circulate. This is a common problem, as many homeowners forget to change their air filters every few months while they’re using their air conditioners.

If the air itself isn’t as cold, it’s possible there’s a refrigerant leak that is robbing the air conditioner of output capacity. As the level of refrigerant in the air conditioner drops, the system’s ability to cool the home will drop as well. Make sure that you call a professional to take a look at your system if you notice fluid dripping from your air conditioner.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is when the air conditioner turns itself on and off every couple of minutes instead of completing a full cooling cycle. This is bad for the system in a number of ways. First, it cuts down on the system’s output capacity. Second, it increases the rate at which the system accumulates wear and tear over time. The longer the air conditioner is allowed to short cycle, the more likely it will be to break down. Short cycling can also shorten the lifespan of the air conditioner by a number of years. Make sure that you call for repairs if you notice your air conditioner short cycling.

Sharply Rising Monthly Bills

You should expect to pay more to use your air conditioner during the months that you’re using it quite a bit. However, if you start to notice that your operating costs are rising much faster than they should, you might have a bigger problem on your hands. Unusually high air conditioning bills are often a sign that the air conditioner is working harder than it should be. If it’s doing that, something else is likely impacting the system’s efficiency. You should have a professional check out your air conditioning system if you suspect that it’s costing more than it should from month to month. You might find a serious issue in time to stop it from getting any worse.

SPS Mechanical Inc. provides air conditioning repair services of all kinds. If you’re looking for quality Deptford Township air conditioning repair services, we’re here for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional air conditioning technicians.  

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