Supposedly summer is just around the corner, but here in Orange County, we’re still waiting for the weather to warm up. It might seem like “Juneuary” is going to last forever, but soon enough you’ll be relying on your air conditioner to keep your home not just comfortable, but habitable.
That’s why it’s always a good reminder to be aware of the signs that you need air conditioner repair. Getting repairs taken care of as soon as you notice them is crucial to keeping that minor issue from becoming a major headache. The last thing you want interrupting your enjoyment of summer when the warm weather arrives is having to deal with a broken-down AC.
Here are five signs you need to call for AC repair.
1. Frozen Coils
If you ever see ice on the evaporator coils, that’s not good. You’ll also notice that your AC isn’t doing a good job of keeping your home cool. That’s because the evaporator coils are essential to its performance.
Frozen evaporator coils can be caused by insufficient airflow as a result of a clogged and dirty air filter, backed-up drain clogs, or having too many vents closed off. Change the air filter and open all the vents to see if that remedies the problem.
Another possibility is low refrigerant levels caused by a leak somewhere in the system. Refrigerant is something you don’t want to breathe in your home. Contact us ASAP so we can pinpoint the source of the leak and get your AC working properly again.
2. Short Cycling
This happens when your AC is unable to complete a cooling cycle. It’s noticeable by the fact that it seems like your AC is always turning itself on but your home isn’t cooling down. Short cycling is tremendously hard on your system because it’s overworking itself, trying to achieve the set temperature.
3. Unusual Sounds
Other than the sound of it turning off and on the flow of air from the vents, your AC should otherwise be fairly silent. Any loud and unusual noises should be attended to promptly. These can include banging, hissing, grating, shrieking, bubbling, and gurgling. The problem could be something as simple as a loose part or a more serious issue such as a refrigerant leak.
4. High Humidity
Does your home feel stuffier than usual? Air conditioners work by removing heat from the air in your home. As a result, your home naturally feels less humid. If you notice the humidity level has increased, there could be something impeding your AC’s functionality.
5. Lukewarm Air from Vents
Check this by holding your hand up to a vent in your home. The air that comes from your home’s vents should feel cold. If it doesn’t feel cool, that’s a problem. You’re probably also noticing that it’s taking forever to cool your home down, or the thermostat temp isn’t budging. Call us promptly to diagnose the issue and fix it.
Contact Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air for Fast and Professional AC repairs. We have served Orange County since 1981.