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How Can You Tell if Your Air Conditioner Needs Repairs?

air-conditioning-repairWith the official arrival of summer last week, your air conditioning system will be called upon to provide cool, comfortable air on a daily basis. The last thing you want is to experience an unexpected breakdown just when the temperature hits 100 degrees: forcing you to scramble for repairs while your home slowly turns into an oven. The sooner you can spot the signs of a problem with your air conditioner the better.

One should never attempt to diagnose a specific issue with an air conditioner, and one certainly shouldn’t attempt repairs without the proper licensing and training. Air conditioners contain dangerous components like refrigerant which can cause harm without skills and techniques that come from a professional service. Furthermore, many of the most common symptoms of air conditioning trouble can be caused by a number of different problems, which again requires the right tools and training to diagnose.

That said, while you can’t pinpoint the cause of the problem, you can certainly get a jump on the issue simply by recognizing that there IS a problem. Common symptoms are usually easy to spot, letting you turn the system off and summon a repair service before the damage gets bad enough to cause a shutdown. Here’s a quick list of some of the most common symptoms of air conditioner trouble, alerting you to the fact that your system needs repairs.

  1. Strange Noises. Over time, you’ll become subconsciously accustomed to the sound your air conditioner makes when it runs. If that sound changes or an unfamiliar noise is added — anything from a weird hum or whistle to active banging — it’s usually a sign that there’s something wrong. In most (but not all) cases, the odd noises will start and stop with the starting and stopping of your air conditioner.
  2. Low Cooling Power. Most people know there’s a problem if they turn on their air conditioner but only hot air comes out. The same holds true if the air is cool, but not as cool as you expect. It could stem from an overheating component, a lack of refrigerant, a leak in the ducts or a compressor issue, among others.
  3. Low Air Flow. Centralized air conditioners blow the cool air through the ducts to the various rooms in your home. If something interferes with the air flow, it forces your system to work harder than it should to cool your home. Reduced air flow can be caused by trouble with the fan or fan motor, by a clogged filter, by a breach or clog in the ducts. If it’s limited to a single vent or outlet, it’s likely a localized problem in the ducts.
  4. Higher Bills. Sometimes, the problem doesn’t overtly affect the air conditioner’s performance, but the added strain consumes more energy than it should. You can spot these issues by checking your monthly energy bill for any unexpected spikes, especially if you haven’t used your air conditioner any more often than normal.

For quality air conditioning repair services in Broomall, PA, call Murphy’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today!

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