Summer has come to a close and you may be looking forward to the cooler temperatures of fall. You can rely less on your AC unit to keep you cool, but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for end-of-season AC repairs. The time for air conditioning repair in San Antonio is now, as the cooling season winds down and you switch your unit over to heat.
It’s easy to tell yourself that you can deal with any potential AC problems next year, but do you really want to do that? Chances are you’ll forget about all the little signs you’ve noticed that your AC is in need of repair. When you switch your unit back over to cooling next year, your unit may not work as efficiently as you expect to cool your home. It’s important to address those potential end-of-season AC repairs now so you don’t have to later on.
Potential AC Troubles
Maybe you’ve noticed some unusual sounds coming from your AC, or maybe the unit just isn’t running the way it used to. But your home still stayed cool and your unit didn’t have any major problems. That means you’re still in the green – for now. If you can address small issues now, you can avoid big issues later on, including:
- Thermostat problems – Sometimes your air conditioner isn’t the problem, it’s your thermostat. If your thermostat isn’t reading the indoor air temperature accurately, it can impact how your AC unit runs. If your thermostat reads the temperature as being warmer than it is, your unit may run more often. If your thermostat reads the temperature as being cooler than it is, your unit may not cool your home as much as your want.
- Refrigerant leaks – Your AC doesn’t ever run out of refrigerant from regular use, but the refrigerant can leak out if there is a hole in the line. Refrigerant leaks can lead to much bigger problems, so they need to be addressed right away. Signs of a refrigerant leak include lukewarm air blowing or hissing and bubbling sounds. You can either have a leak in the part of the line where the refrigerant is liquid or in the part of the line where the refrigerant is gas.
- Ductwork holes – Your AC transfers cool air into the ductwork, which in turn sends the cool air equally through your home. If there are holes in the ductwork, cool air escapes and never reaches the rooms in your home. You can lose up to 30% of cool air through even the smallest holes. Ductwork holes can also allow dust and dirt to get in and blow into your home, even if you have an air filter in place.
- Fan problems – Your AC unit has two fans. One of the fans blows air over the evaporator coil to cool the air and the other fan blows air over the condenser coil on your outdoor unit to get rid of heat. Problems with either fan can impact how cool your home gets. Fan blades may be bent, parts need lubrication, and belts wear down over time.
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