If your Turlock, CA HVAC system is starting up and producing conditioned air, you might safely assume that everything is working fine, and just carry on with your day. But what if it’s not a safe assumption? And shouldn’t your air conditioner be working better than “fine”? You deserve the most efficient and effective performance that your cooling system can muster, but it can only perform at this level if you have the system routinely maintained, and keep up on any repair needs that crop up.
What happens when you neglect those repairs, which you may be tempted to do as we approach the end of summer, is that they just wear down your air conditioner more and more. If you don’t end up with a completely broken down system this season, you could find yourself facing a completely dysfunctional one come next summer. We’d like to help you avoid this! And while all repairs should be managed right away, we’ve given you 3 big repair needs that should definitely not be ignored. If you notice any of these, be sure to get in contact with our team right away.
Hot spots, also known as uneven cooling, refers to an air conditioner that’s failing to cool down your entire home. Since this is the whole point of using an air conditioner is precisely that, then this can understandably be a frustrating problem.
It can occur for a number of reasons, but our professionals will need to investigate further to pinpoint the exact cause. Hot spots can happen due to damaged air ducts, a refrigerant leak, or a blocked vent (be sure to check for this first!) Whatever it is causing your air conditioner troubles, it’s essential that you have it managed right away, and only trust professionals for the job. Trusting this type of work to an amateur or inexperienced handyman could wind up doing more harm than good to the system.
Listen to the sound your air conditioner makes as it runs. Do you hear the compressor shutting down before it even completes a full cycle? In other words, do you notice that it is starting up and stopping in rapid succession? If so, you’re dealing with a short-cycling cooling system which will cause not only your air conditioner to suffer, but your comfort and your cooling budget, as well.
The cause of short-cycling can sometimes be simple—like a dirty and clogged air filter creating resistance against airflow. However, another possibility is that you have components that are wearing down and working inappropriately, like capacitors or a miscalibrated thermostat.
A Spike in Utility Bills
Certain cooling system problems will be pretty obvious, like a system that won’t start up, or is blowing warm air into your home. Even if your system seems to be functioning just fine, but you notice your energy bills have increased, then you likely have a problem with how efficiently it’s working.
This is particularly true if you aren’t using your air conditioner any differently than you have in the past. It’s never a good idea to “wait and see,” either, as you don’t want to wait for a problem to potentially worsen, and put your system in danger of extensive repairs or premature replacement.