If your air conditioner isn’t doing its job properly, it not only creates discomfort, but also creates reliability and efficiency issues. If you’re concerned about your A/C’s performance, now is the time to have it checked over by the knowledgeable professionals at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal. Our experienced technicians can assess the entire cooling system and advise you about any existing performance issues, repairs that are needed or if the equipment is due for replacement.
Warning Signs of A/C Problems and Performance Issues
Here are some telltale warning signs that your air conditioner needs a checkup:
• Rising energy bills. If you haven’t kept up with yearly maintenance, the efficiency of the equipment can decline over time. Having the system inspected, tuned up and cleaned may improve its efficiency and curb high costs. However, if the equipment is older, it may be time to consider upgrading. Today’s air conditioners offer seasonal energy efficiency ratios (SEER), ranging from 13 to 25. For example, a SEER 16 unit can trim energy usage by up to 60 percent compared to an older, 10 SEER model.
• Diminished comfort. Do you find it difficult or impossible to maintain a consistently-cool temperature throughout your home? A technician may diagnose fixable problems, including dirty coils, a clogged filter, poor airflow over the evaporator, a low refrigerant level due to a leak, or inefficient ductwork that needs repairs, sealing and insulating to stop conditioned air losses.
• Noisy operation. If you start hearing unusual noises from the indoor or outdoor unit when the A/C is running, don’t ignore it. Even though it may just be a loose part that just needs tightening, an HVAC pro may uncover a serious problem with the evaporator or compressor that impacts the system’s efficiency. Even worse, a sudden failure can leave you without cooling at the height of the season.
• Repeated on-off cycling. Do you have an older air conditioner that never stays on long enough to cool your home adequately or keep humidity levels controlled? If so, its capacity may not match the size of your home. Replacing it with accurately-sized equipment can boost your comfort and help lower your energy bills.
If you have concerns about the performance of your home’s central air conditioner, contact us today at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal for expert advice. Our goal is to help homeowners in Northwest Arkansas learn more about HVAC-related issues that impact their comfort and energy consumption.