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Does Your Air Conditioner Need a Tune-Up?

We’ve been relying on our air conditioning units to keep us cool and comfortable all summer. These units need to work hard to do so, and in the process can suffer wear and tear that could potentially lessen their lifespan and increase your cooling costs without proper service and repair. You can ensure that your unit performs at a high level when you need it most and is ready to go next summer. Here are the most common signs that your air conditioner needs professional service:

You’re AC Unit Is Making Excessive Noise

Most air conditioning units make some noise when they are running, but modern models are designed to run as quietly and efficiently as possible. If your unit suddenly begins to make more noise than usual, it may be time to have it checked out. The problem could be with loose or disconnected parts, or the motor could be worn out. If the noise gets worse over time, shut your A/C unit off and call a professional.

Your AC Unit Is Blowing Warm Air

One obvious sign that your A/C unit needs a tune-up is if the system is blowing warmer air than it used to. Is it taking longer than normal to get to the desired temperature? One possible reason that your unit blows warm air is dirty filters that are not allowing cold air to flow through the ductwork. Other reasons include leaky ducts or insufficient refrigerant. A professional HVAC contractor will be able to identify the issue and get your unit running smoothly again.

Your Energy Bill Spikes

There can be several reasons for a sudden and unexpected increase in your electricity usage. A good place to start looking are the electrical appliances in your home that use the most energy. Your air conditioner is one of them. If it hasn’t had a tune-up for a long time, its energy efficiency may decrease, which could potentially raise your electricity usage.
Your A/C unit won’t turn on
If your A/C unit won’t turn on verify that the appliance is receiving power. Locate your main fuse panel and determine whether the fuse or circuit breaker for the equipment has blown or tripped.

Your AC Unit Is Leaking Water

If you notice your air conditioner leaks water or water is pooling at the base of the appliance, condensation may be leaking from one of the tubes that carry it, something may be blocking the water’s flow, or the condensate pump may not be working.

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