When the mercury rises in Sacramento, every homeowner worries about air conditioning breakdowns. By recognizing these red flags, you can catch problems before your fears spring to life. Familiarize yourself with these easy-to-recognize warning signs so that you know when it’s time to schedule an AC repair.
Signs That It’s Time for an AC Repair
Air conditioners rely on many sensitive electronic controls and carefully calibrated mechanical parts. Just one malfunction can cause a host of primary and secondary issues. Here are a few of the most common problems that our service technicians encounter:
- Inadequate cooling
- Exaggerated operating noises
- Ice on indoor or outdoor coils
- Fans or compressors that won’t run
- No power at the thermostat
- Shortened cooling cycles
- Frequent shutoffs
Electrical AC Problems
If you aren’t getting power at your thermostat, or if the fan and compressor won’t run, the problem could be as simple as a dead thermostat battery or as serious as a malfunctioning compressor. Modern air conditioners contain computer controls that disable the system when they detect faults, so there’s a chance that the problem isn’t electrical. Resetting the circuit breaker for your HVAC system is one way to determine what’s wrong.
Mechanical AC Troubles
Heavy-duty forged mechanical parts and sensitive controls power your air conditioner. Problems may occur due to wear and tear or external factors, including lightning strikes or insects. Low refrigerant levels caused by slow or sudden leaks decrease your air conditioner’s overall performance and often create secondary problems. Loose fan blades, obstructions, or failing motor bearings are typically responsible for unusual whapping or shrieking noises.
What to Do Next
With so many critical parts on the line, anything can go wrong. Whether the problem is minor or major, it’ll almost always worsen with time. If you’ve noticed any of these warning signs, have us inspect your system. You can book an AC repair online or call our office at 916-256-4447.
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