Will Your AC Unit Make It Through the Summer?

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Will Your AC Unit Make It Through the Summer?

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It’s the first hot summer day, and you get that pit in your stomach, wondering if your AC unit is up for another season.

Here are four signs your air conditioner might call it quits this summer:

Strange Sounds Coming From Your AC Unit

Grinding and squealing noises coming from your AC are not the sounds of summer. They are the sounds of an AC unit struggling with anything from a compressor issue, a loose part, or even a slipped belt.

Screeching sounds can indicate an issue with your blower fan motor or even an issue with the fan belt. Screeching noises are cause to call a technician right away so they can determine if your air conditioner can be repaired to last through the summer.

A buzzing noise can be a sign of a larger issue with the fan motor, but it can also be caused by dirty condenser coils or unbalanced fan blades. The sound shouldn’t be ignored but might be quickly resolved so it won’t sink your summer.

Poor Airflow From Your Vents or Failure to Reach Desired Temperature

If your unit fails to force air through the air vents, they may be clogged with dust and debris buildup. This doesn’t mean your AC unit is doomed, but you need to replace dirty filters ASAP to help your unit work more efficiently. A pre-season tune-up by a professional technician can help make sure your system is ready for the summer demand.

If your AC unit stops short of hitting your programmed temperature, it may be an issue with your thermostat. Checking the thermostat’s power supply is the first step to ensure the problem lies with your AC unit, not the thermostat.

After troubleshooting your thermostat, an AC unit failing to meet its set temperature might have a refrigerant leak or a failing compressor. It may not be time to call it quits on your air conditioner, but it is time to call a professional HVAC technician to assess the issue.

High Humidity Levels

Your AC unit should not only cool your home but control the humidity too. If you notice high humidity levels or a mildew smell in the home, the problem could lie with your air conditioner.

Poor indoor air quality shouldn’t be ignored all summer. Call a technician to inspect and repair your cooling system.

System Short-Cycling

If your system turns on briefly and then turns back off, your system is short-cycling. The cause could be minor, like a clogged filter, or your AC could be low on refrigerant or have a failing compressor.

Short-cycling can put undue strain on the compressor and general wear and tear on the entire system. If the issue is not addressed, it can cause your system to fail this summer.

Request Preventative AC Maintenance with Neffsville Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Services

Before your cooling system is called into service this summer, schedule preventative air conditioning maintenance from Neffsville Plumbing Heating & Cooling Services.

Our technicians can flag issues with your system that might get you hot under the collar this summer. If your unit is over 10 years old, this might be summer to replace your AC. Our team can help you find the right system to meet your cooling needs and budget.

Call (717) 625-1000 or contact us online to schedule air conditioning services for your home.

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