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4 Symptoms of a Struggling AC System

animated-checklistWouldn’t it be great if your air conditioner would sent you a text message when something is wrong with it? What if you could avoid sudden breakdowns and expensive repairs? We agree, that’d be pretty awesome! Maybe one day this will be the case, but for now, it’s up to you as a homeowner to be diligent in your care for your AC system.

This means, scheduling routine maintenance once a year (twice a year if you have a heat pump) to prevent problems. It also means knowing the symptoms and signs of an air conditioner in disrepair. So, what are some of these symptoms? We’ll explain four of them below!

(1) You Can’t Keep Cool Enough

This seems like a pretty obvious sign that something is wrong with your air conditioner. However, in some cases–like on really hot days–it’s easy to assume that you just need to turn your thermostat down and that will solve the problem. But the fact is, if your air conditioner isn’t keeping you cool as it used to at the temperature you usually set it to, it’s a sign that something is causing the system to work less efficiently.

Your air conditioner should be able to effectively cool off your home! This is quite literally its job. Therefore, if it’s not doing this, you need to give a professional a call.

(2) You’re Paying Too Much for Cooling

Alright, so this is a little bit subjective, right? Everyone thinks they’re paying too much for their home’s utilities. What we’re talking about, however, is what you’re paying in comparison to what you paid last year or what your neighbors are paying for cool air.

Your cooling system needs to be able to function and keep your home comfortable at a reasonable price! If it’s failing to do so, it is time to give our professionals a call. There might be things you can do to boost efficiency, but boosting efficiency in a failing air conditioner is going to be a lost cause.

(3) Your Air Conditioner Is Short-Cycling

Not sure what short-cycling is? No worries, we’re here to tell you! Short-cycling refers to the process in which your cooling system cycles on and off in rapid succession instead of normal 15 minute long cycles like it should be. This is both the symptom of a problem and the cause of more problems. So, when you hear your system short-cycling, give our number a call.

(4) You Hear Other Strange Noises

In addition to short-cycling, other noises you should never hear your air conditioner making include:

  • Grinding
  • Screeching
  • Loud Banging
  • Hissing
  • Bubbling

These are all signs of something going on within the system that needs to be repaired. Some are more benign than others. But ignoring any weird noise coming from your air conditioner can lead to a domino effect inside the system, damaging major components until you have a breakdown.

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc serves the heating and cooling needs of customers throughout Rockland County, NY as well as Bergen County, NJ and surrounding communities. You can count on us for expert services. Contact us today for Bergen County, NJ AC repair and more!

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