Know Your AC Warning Signs

As a homeowner in Lewisville, Highland Village, Flower Mound, Lantana or the surrounding areas, you are no doubt aware of the need for a dependable air conditioning system when it comes to the uncompromising temperatures of a Texas summer. Because our summer season can be intense, you need to know that your AC is going to be there for you when you need it most. If your system is compromised, it is mostly likely to break down while working its hardest.  Even seemingly minor problems can lead to very real damages if not addressed in a timely manner. Review these common AC WARNING SIGNS, and contact Southern Comfort Mechanical at the first sign of trouble with your AC system – you don’t want to be the one waiting for service during the busiest season of the year.

Reduced Cooling Output

AC WARNING SIGNS:  Your air conditioner previously cooled your home evenly but now is blowing warm air, only cooling sporadically, or only cooling certain areas effectively.  This decrease in cooling output should be taken very seriously. You may have a refrigerant leak, an air flow issue, or problems with mechanized components such as fans. Whatever the issue may be, it is best to have it resolved as soon as possible, both for the sake of your comfort and for the condition of your system.

 

Premature Shut-Down

AC WARNING SIGNS:  Your AC seems to be starting up fine, but running only briefly before shutting back down.  This system issue is known as short-cycling. Short cycling may occur for a few different reasons, such as very dirty air filter restricting airflow and overloading the motor, or a faulty thermostat registering temperatures incorrectly, causing the system to cycle off before your house is actually cool enough. Short cycling can also occur when the system experiences a refrigerant leak or a failing run capacitor that cannot maintain the appropriate electrical charge in the motor. Short-cycling puts a lot of unnecessary stress on your system that could result in increased damages or premature breakdown. Call our office as soon as you notice your system cycling in this manner.

Strange Sounds

AC WARNING SIGNS:  Popping, whining, grinding, whistling, clanging, hissing and other atypical sounds. One of the most obvious signs of a system in need of repair are odd sounds coming from any component of your system, and should prompt you to call Southern Comfort Mechanical to schedule a service appointment with our professional technicians right away. These sounds are warning signals from your unit, and continued use could potentially make the problem worse and far more expensive to repair.

Ice on the System

AC WARNING SIGNS:  Frost or ice on your system’s supply lines or coils.  It would be easy to mistake ice on the evaporator coils of your unit as a sign that your air conditioning system is working well. The reality, though, is that icing in an AC system could indicate refrigerant leaks, dirty coils or filters, restricted air flow or operational issues. Ice accumulation is a sign that your system is not able to absorb heat from its environment, which is your AC system’s primary role. If you notice ice on your coils or refrigerant lines, call Southern Comfort Mechanical right away for service.

Tripped Breakers
AC WARNING SIGNS:  An unresponsive system with a tripped or melted electrical breaker.  If you find your AC is tripping your circuit breaker frequently, do not ignore the issue. The breaker is a safeguard against power surges that can damage your electrical system and start electrical fires. There are a few reasons your AC unit could be tripping the breaker, including dirty coils, a shorted motor, an issue in the breaker box, or an issue in the compressor. Regardless of the cause for the tripped breaker, we strongly advise you to address the issue as soon as possible so no further damage is done to the system.

 

High Energy Costs

AC WARNING SIGNS:  Higher than average summer energy costs.  Any number of issues in your Lantana home can contribute to increased energy usage and electricity expenses. However, if you’re having a hard time identifying why your bill has increased, read over the other AC system distress signals above and see if any of them sound familiar. An air conditioner that is not routinely maintained, a system that is compromised in any way, or an improperly sized unit could all be contributors to system inefficiency.

Not properly maintaining your system or seeking repairs in a timely manner can compromise both your budget and your comfort in your home. Let the Southern Comfort Mechanical team diagnose and repair any problems with your AC as soon as you discover them. Call us today at (972) 420-1700.

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