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3 Signs Your Air Conditioner Isn’t Going To Make It Through Summer

3 Signs Your Air Conditioner Isn’t Going To Make It Through Summer

The last thing you want is your air conditioning system breaking down in the middle of a scorching Phoenix summer. Fortunately, breakdowns typically do not happen suddenly and without warning. Usually, your HVAC unit will exhibit certain symptoms that something isn’t right.

Watch for these three warning signs that your cooling system is about to bite the dust.

1. It’s Not Cooling Like It Used To

When your cooling system isn’t doing its job, this could be a sign that it’s leaking refrigerant. An HVAC technician can find and fix the leak and top off your system with coolant, restoring your home’s comfort.

Of course, the problem could be more extensive than that. It’s possible that your air conditioning system is producing cool air, but it’s not reaching every corner of your home. A leak in your ducts means conditioned air is escaping to parts where it’s not needed, such as the attic, garage or crawlspace. This causes the AC system to work overtime to compensate for the loss of cool air, not only impacting your comfort but sending your energy bills through the roof. If this problem isn’t addressed, your unit will eventually burn out. Your HVAC pro can pinpoint the leaks and seal them.

The thermostat could also be at fault. Like anything else, thermostats go on the fritz eventually. Your HVAC tech can diagnose your thermostat to see if it needs to be fixed or replaced.

2. AC System Is Making Weird Noises

Squealing, squeaking, hissing, and clanking sounds are telltale signs that your cooling system is struggling. These sounds can be attributed to any number of things, including out-of-balance fan blades, leaking refrigerant, a gap in the ducts or excessive pressure within the condenser. Don’t ignore these noises because they’ll only get worse before your unit gives up completely.

3. Poor Air Flow

If your HVAC system isn’t delivering the volume of conditioned air that it used to, you might have a leak in your ducts.

Your blower could also be to blame. The blower, as the name suggests, pulls air from your home over the evaporator coil to cool it, then pushes cool air back through your ducts. The blower can clog, or the belt that turns it can wear out or become loose. The motor might also be failing.

Bottom line: If you notice any of these red flags, do not ignore them. Your HVAC system might be able to limp along, but it will only be a matter of time before it shuts down for good. You can prevent a costly replacement by having these issues fixed early on. To schedule an appointment, call 602-428-9007.


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