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Do Not Ignore These AC Repair Symptoms

technician-working-on-air-conditionerSummer is moving right along, and temperatures are moving right up. You’re already using your air conditioner on a regular basis, and hopefully it’s doing its job quite well. The last thing you need, after all, is a sudden breakdown and repair call when temperatures are at their peak. And the best way to avoid this scenario is with routine maintenance. If you haven’t scheduled your AC tune-up yet this year, it’s not too late!

Of course, even with maintenance, you can still run into the need for air conditioning repair in Bergen County, NJ, especially with an aging system. The good news is that most repair needs give off symptoms well before they’ve affect your air conditioner too much. But it is a very good idea to give our experts a call as soon as you notice any of these signs, which include:

Low Airflow

Air that isn’t moving through the ventilation system of your HVAC system with the speed you expect is not only the symptom of a problem, but is a problem in and of itself. It usually means that cold air is trapped within the system, which can cause the coils to freeze and create further problems for AC operation.

Reduced airflow means that your air conditioner will have to work harder than it needs to in order to reach the desired temperature on your thermostat.

Low Cooling Output

This is a slightly different problem than low airflow—the air may be coming from the vents powerfully, but it might not be cooled air. Low refrigerant, overheating components within the air conditioner, and breaches in the ducts are all issues that can reduce the system’s ability to cool your air.

You can detect this problem simply by noticing if the air coming from your vents is warmer than you’d expect. Like the above-mentioned problem, you’ll end up causing your air conditioner to work harder than it should have to.


This is the process in which an air conditioning system turns on and off numerous times, rapidly, each hour. Air conditioning systems use the most energy turning on and turning off, rather than simply running. So short-cycling uses up energy, and causes increased and accelerated wear and tear on system components.

Odd Noises

Generally speaking, the only noise you should hear coming from your air conditioner is the hum of the fans, and occasional clicking when the system cycles on and off. You may also hear your ductwork adjusting a bit to the temperature fluctuations by expanding and contracting.

What you should not hear, however, is grinding, banging, shrieking, or hissing. These are all signs that something has either come loose in your air conditioner, or something is very wrong on the inside. If you hear anything out of the ordinary, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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

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