Spring has officially arrived, and with it comes warmer temperatures and an increased need for your air conditioning system. Now is the perfect time to give it a look and make sure it’s running the way you need it to. With the weather still relatively cool, you have time to schedule an inspection and deal with any repairs well before the weather gets too hot. By ensuring that your air conditioner is ready for summer now, you can rest easy once the first heat wave hits, knowing that your system has been properly prepared.
Annual Inspections Are Recommended
Good care of your air conditioner starts with an annual inspection service, ideally taking place in the spring before the cooling season begins in earnest. It gives the technician a chance to check for any big issues that are still fairly small, as well as correcting little problems like loose bolts and excess dust that don’t merit a repair call on their own, but which can add up to serious trouble if you let them go.
This serves two very specific purposes:
- Catching a repair issue early means you can schedule repairs at leisure instead of rushing around in the wake of an unexpected breakdown. It also means that the repairs are likely to cost less than they might otherwise, since the damage has less time to spread.
- Treating the little issues helps the system perform more efficiently, which will cut down on your monthly bills this summer as well as reducing wear and tear on the system. When applied over time, regular maintenance sessions can even extend the life of the air conditioner by months or even years in some cases.
Note Signs of Trouble
A maintenance plan can give you a specific idea of any problems with your air conditioner, as well as allowing you to set up a repair session to treat those problems if necessary. But you can do your cause a favor by noting any signs of trouble before the session begins. Turn on the system and run it for 20 minutes or so, noting anything that doesn’t strike you as part of the system’s normal operation. That can include (but is not limited to) the following:
- Strange noises, which translates as anything you do not recognize as a normal part of your A/C’s operation. Hums, clangs, rattles, whistles: any noise that sounds unusual. In most cases the sound will stop and start with the starting and stopping of the air conditioner.
- Reduced air flow from the vents, or air that isn’t as cool as you’re accustomed to.
- Short cycling, which is the system’s tendency to turn off and on very quickly multiple times throughout the day.
If you spot any issues with your air conditioning system, first check the thermostat and breaker box to ensure that settings haven’t been altered or the breaker hasn’t been triggered. Then call the pros at Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. for quality air conditioning maintenance and repair.