Your air conditioning system is your best friend during the scorching heat of a Las Vegas summer. But like any friend, it needs to be treated well, or else it might start to give you problems. Unfortunately, neglecting even small maintenance tasks can lead to larger, more expensive problems down the road. Here are five warning signs that signify you may need an AC repair—and why regular servicing matters.
- Your energy bills are higher than usual.
- You hear strange noises coming from your AC unit.
- Your home isn’t cooling evenly.
- The vented air isn’t as cold as it used to be.
- Your unit is more than ten years old.
HIGH POWER BILLS CAN BE THE FIRST SIGN OF TROUBLE
If your air conditioner is working overtime to cool your home, it will use more energy, which will show up on your energy bill. Higher-than-average electric bills are one of the first signs that something is wrong with your AC unit. If you haven’t changed your habits, and there have been no recent rate hikes, your bill is spiking; it’s probably a good time to call for service.
WHY IS MY HVAC UNIT MAKING WEIRD NOISES?
Does your AC unit sound like it’s struggling when it turns on? Perhaps you hear strange grinding, hissing, or screeching noises from the unit itself. These are all signs that your air conditioner needs fixing ASAP before it breaks down altogether. Some failing parts that can cause a racket include the fan motor, condenser or blower fans, the expansion valve, compressor, or relay switch. An AC tech should be able to identify and fix the problem part in short order.
DON’T SETTLE FOR UNEVEN COOLING THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME
Do you find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat because one room is too hot while another is too cold? If so, it could indicate that something is wrong with your AC unit, so it’s not circulating air properly. You could also have problems with your thermostat or the zone control dampers. Such issues usually worsen over time, so it’s best to call a professional sooner rather than later.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR AC IS BLOWING WARM AIR
If you notice that the air coming out of your vents isn’t as cold as it used to be, it could mean that your AC unit is low on refrigerant. Another possibility is that you have ductwork issues. In any case, an AC technician can diagnose and fix the problem so that you can enjoy cool air throughout your home.
IS MY AC READY FOR REPLACEMENT?
While some AC units can last for 20 years or more with proper maintenance, most will start having problems after about ten years. So if your unit is beginning to show its age, it may be time for an upgrade—especially if you want to take advantage of newer, more efficient models that can save you money in the long run.
SCHEDULE HIGH-QUALITY HVAC REPAIRS THROUGHOUT THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY
Do you need emergency repair in the middle of the night? Simply AC Heating & Plumbing has a team of experienced repair staff to provide service 24/7. Or, perhaps, you need a daytime visit to diagnose and fix one of the above-mentioned issues. Remember — even if everything seems to be working fine right now, regular maintenance is essential to keeping your AC unit running smoothly and preventing more significant problems. So give us a call now to set up your next service appointment.