The quick answer to the question posed in this blog title is: ASAP! The longer that you sit on any necessary air conditioning repairs, the more likely it becomes that your system will suffer serious damages. At the very least, you are going to put your system at risk for these damages, while potentially shortening its lifespan and most likely paying more for a weaker cooling performance.
This begs the question, of course, of how exactly you can recognize the need for AC repairs to begin with. The last thing you want to do is wait for the system to break down entirely — though this is certainly a clear cut sign that you need repairs. We’d like to give you few pointers that should help you to better understand when you need AC repairs in Holly Springs, NC. Keep them in mind, and remember that we are always here to help.
How Are Your Energy Bills?
If you have been in your home for more than a year or two, you probably know about how much to expect when cooling your living space. Obviously you can expect to see some fluctuation in your energy costs, depending upon how hot the weather is and how much you are actually running your air conditioner.
However, you really should not be seeing any inexplicable spikes in the amount that it costs you to keep your home cool. If your energy costs spike despite the fact that you aren’t using your AC any differently than usual, you should contact a professional to determine what is causing the drop in energy efficiency.
Is Your System Running Reliably?
Have you noticed that your air conditioner is not coming on when it should? Have you noticed that it is starting up, but only running briefly before shutting back down once more? If so, you need the help of a professional AC repair technician.
Short-cycling, in particular, can do a lot of damage to your HVAC system, as it puts an enormous amount of wear and tear on the equipment. Plus, starting up costs more than running consistently, so a short cycling AC is likely going to wind up costing you more, for less comfort.
Does the System Blow Warm Air?
A complete breakdown is far and away the most obvious sign that your air conditioner is in trouble, obviously. Second to this is probably an air conditioner that is blowing warm air, though. If your system is failing to effectively cool air for distribution throughout your house, any number of issues could be to blame.
You could have a refrigerant leak, or you could simply have a tripped breaker that is letting the indoor unit run while the outdoor unit is off. While not every problem is one that will require professional intervention — such as a thermostat that is simply in fan-only rather cooling mode — those without obvious solutions will demand professional attention.
Contact Ideal Services Heating & Cooling if you notice that your air conditioner is not functioning properly or consistently.