Though every summer gets hot here in Florida, the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting what it likes to call a “Summer Sizzler,” with temperatures that might make this summer the hottest in the last century.
In other words, it’s time to make sure your air conditioner is ready to stand up to anything the weather can throw at it! If you’ve noticed warmer air, weird noises, or moisture problems, it’s crucial to have a Lakewood Ranch HVAC professional get your system back to peak condition before the sweltering heat arrives.
If you’re not sure when you need a tune-up, here are a few red flags that you should call an expert for help.
1. Temperature Issues
If you can’t seem to get consistent cold air out of your AC, it’s always a bad sign. In the middle of summer in Florida, this can be catastrophic for your household’s comfort and even their health. If you’ve tried common troubleshooting issues like checking your manufacturer’s maintenance guide, changing to a quality air filter, and checking your thermostat settings, it may be time to reach out for professional help.
2. Unusual Sounds
Most air conditioners make noises as they cycle on and off, but it’s important to keep your ear out for unusual sounds. As tempting as it may be to ignore them, they can be a cry for help from your HVAC system. Rattling sounds, for example, might indicate that a part has come loose, while squealing may be a sign that you need to replace a worn belt.
Short-cycling is a term that means your HVAC turns on and then turns off within a short period. This may be normal on hot days when your AC is trying to keep up with rising temperatures, but it shouldn’t be a constant occurrence. Expert HVAC services can tune up your system and help you determine why this rapid cycling is happening.
4. No Air
If your air conditioner isn’t blowing any air at all, it’s time to take care of any HVAC maintenance you’ve neglected, like replacing your filter or cleaning and opening your vents. If air still won’t flow, a major component may need repair.
5. Leaks and Moisture Issues
Air conditioners produce moisture as they cool your home, but this water should stay within the drainage system. If you notice leaks or puddles around your unit, the drains or condensation line may be blocked. Keep in mind that leaks from your outdoor unit may be refrigerant, which is a hazardous substance that only a professional should work to repair.
6. Rising Utility Bills
Most households in this area will see higher utility bills throughout the spring and summer months. However, a significant rise, especially sudden spikes that weren’t the case during previous summers, can be a red flag. Higher bills indicate that your unit is working harder and less efficiently, which may mean you need HVAC repairs or that it’s time to replace an aging system.
Call a Lakewood Ranch HVAC Professional
If basic maintenance can’t fix any of the signs we’ve listed above, don’t delay: it’s time to call an HVAC professional! Tackling the issue right away may even help you avoid more costly system breakdowns in the future.
At Schwartz Air Conditioning and Heating, our team is ready to handle all of your HVAC needs. We’re proud to offer expert repair services to property owners throughout the Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch areas. To learn how we can help, give us a call or fill out our online contact form today.