air-conditionerCooling season is here—not that it ever leaves for that long in Florida. As you start to rely on your air conditioner more and more often over the coming months, you need to be careful about catching any problems early. The faster you can catch issues with your air conditioner, the faster you can have them repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Part of doing this is knowing what warning signs indicate that the air conditioner is in trouble. Let’s take a look at some of those warning signs now.

Weird Sounds

If you have had your air conditioner for any length of time, you probably know what kinds of noises it usually makes during operation. If the system starts making any unusual noises while you’re using it, you should be concerned. The kinds of unusual noises you here will indicate different problems. For example, a grinding noise often means that there’s a problem with the air handler. Hissing and gurgling noises might mean that there’s a leak in the refrigerant line. Regardless of the kind of noise you hear, you should not ignore it. Make sure that you have a professional examine your system, just to be safe.

Dropping Cooling Output

Considering the sole purpose of the air conditioner is to cool your home, dropping output should be a pretty big red flag. There could be a couple of different reasons why your air conditioner’s output is declining, up to and including something as simple as an incorrectly set thermostat. If you can’t figure out why your air conditioner’s output is dropping, you should call for a repair appointment with professionals.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is a behavior in which the air conditioner turns itself on and off every few minutes. This may seem like a harmless quirk, but it’s actually a major threat to the health of the air conditioner. This could be caused by a short circuit in the thermostat, or a damaged compressor throwing off the operating rhythm of the system. Short cycling increases the amount of wear and tear the air conditioner suffers, making various problems more likely to occur. If the short cycling isn’t fixed in time, the effective lifespan of the air conditioner will be shortened by a number of years. Turn your system off and schedule repairs as soon as you notice this.

Unusually High Bills

You should always be monitoring your monthly bills, as they can serve as an early warning system for problems with the air conditioner. Your bills are going to rise and fall as you use your air conditioner, of course. However, a steady rise in monthly bills without an accompanying rise in use could indicate a serious issue.

If your air conditioner is in need of repairs, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians. We’ll make sure that your air conditioner is ready for the summer.

Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. offers a full range of air conditioning repair services in Port Charlotte, FL

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