We are diligent when it comes to doing maintenance on things like our cars and homes, but your HVAC system often goes neglected for a long period of time. Preventative maintenance can help your system run smoothly and effectively for a long period of time as well as avoid serious problems that require expensive repairs and possibly even premature replacement. So how do you know when your air conditioner needs a tune-up? Here are five common signs.
1. High Operating Costs
An air conditioner that is old or hasn’t been maintained in a while will have to work harder in order to keep your home cooler. This means that your system will have to run longer and more frequently in order to keep your home cool, which in turn means your system uses far more electricity. Is your electric bill far higher than usual? Get an A/C tune-up service and you should notice it come back down significantly.
2. Limited Air Flow
Is your system struggling to put a steady air flow into your home, or not putting in cool air at all? These are signs of a dirty air filter. A maintenance service usually involves replacing your air filter, which has numerous benefits, including increasing air flow, removing more dust and pollen from the air, and even increasing your system’s efficiency.
3. Warm Temperatures
Your system may be running, but the air coming in may be warm. This is a sign of any number of serious issues, many of which can be rectified with a tune-up service. One of the most common causes is dirty coils, which will be cleaned during this service. Schedule a tune-up service and the air will likely cool significantly.
4. Loud Noise
Do you notice a lot of noise coming from your outside unit? This could be a sign that your belts and bearings need lubrication, your motor is wearing out, and more. You could be on the verge of a serious breakdown if you continue to use it. A tune-up service can help you free these moving parts and prevent the problem from becoming far worse.
5. Strong Odors
Is there a musty odor coming from your vents? You may have mold or mildew in your system. Look for standing moisture around your unit; these could be signs of a refrigerant leak. If not, you may have built up moisture inside your coils, which can be a breeding ground for mold or mildew to form. Call for a tune-up service, and we can help you diagnose this problem.
At Airrific Air Conditioning and Heating, we have proudly served residents of Sarasota and Manatee Counties for over 25 years. Our highly-trained and licensed technicians are all certified in the latest HVAC system technologies and are dedicated to helping you maintain your home’s HVAC system. We are family-owned and operated, and have learned that your satisfaction is the most important part of any service we provide. Our high-quality service has led to numerous accolades, including an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.