In the heat of the Oklahoma summer, it’s even more important to pay attention to what your AC might be telling you. If you’re wondering whether your cooling system is up the challenge, here are some telltale signs that your air conditioning needs attention from the pros at DeHart Air Conditioning and how to help ac issues.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS MY CONDITIONER IS ON THE FRITZ?
Our friendly customer service can set up an AC maintenance appointment if you have any of these symptoms:
FUNNY SOUNDS OR NOISES
Air conditioning systems are designed for quiet operation. If your outside condenser unit or indoor air handler is making unusual sounds—banging, clattering or just plain noise, it’s time to call for AC service.
If you notice unpleasant smells or musty odors coming from your vents, it’s another signal that your AC isn’t working as it should. The causes could be a filter that needs replacement, a leaky condenser or something mechanical. It’s a good idea to get it checked out!
AC WON’T TURN ON
If your central air doesn’t start up when it’s turned on, there can be a number of causes from the simple to the complex. With one call, our professional AC technicians can pinpoint the problem from a simple wiring issue to more complex breakdowns.
BLOWING WARM AIR
It could be that your thermostat and central air aren’t communicating, or there may be a coolant leak. In either case your cooling system likely needs a maintenance check-up by one of our certified AC technicians.
REPAIR OR REPLACE MY AC?
When it comes to repairing or maintaining your air conditioner it’s often hard to tell when it’s time to invest in an upgrade. Here’s a general guideline: If your cooling system is less than ten years old, and the repair costs are less than 25% of the cost of AC replacement, getting the repair is the smart move. However, if your cooling bills keep escalating, or you need more than one repair in a year, it may be time to upgrade to a new, energy efficient AC unit.
TIME TO UPGRADE MY CENTRAL AIR
There are several factors to consider when deciding to upgrade your Chickasha or Duncan OK home’s cooling system with a new efficient central air unit from DeHart Air Conditioning. Some factors that may add up to a new AC system include:
- AC Unit is 10 years or more old
- Your electricity bills keep rising
- Your old AC is not repairable
Your DeHart AC technician can review options for repair or upgrade to suit your family’s budget.
ANOTHER SOLUTION FOR HARD-TO-COOL ROOMS
If your central AC just doesn’t cool some areas of your home, a great solution is a ductless mini-split heat pump. These super-efficient units can provide heating and cooling for guest bedrooms, additions or any room that needs a boost. They provide versatile, economical cooling and heating for year round comfort. We can help you learn if a ductless mini-split is the right solution for summer comfort!
Nobody wants to sweat out another hot Oklahoma summer with a failing AC unit, and in our over 100 years serving the heating and cooling needs of Chickasha and Duncan homes, we have learned some of the telltale signs that an air conditioner may be on the verge of a breakdown.
1.UNUSUALLY HIGH COOLING BILLS
If you haven’t noticed a change in the cool air coming out of your vents, but you have noticed a significant increase in your cooling bills, it could mean your air conditioner is working overtime to keep up with your thermostat setting. The harder your air conditioning needs to work, the more wear and tear it will incur, suggesting an AC breakdown might not be too far away.
Scheduling regular AC maintenance will help ensure your air conditioner is operating in peak condition, all year round.
2. STRANGE ODORS COMING FROM AC VENTS
Do you notice a mildewy, stinky-sock-like smell coming from your air conditioning vents? An odor coming from your vents can indicate there is an excess of dust, bacteria, and moisture in your ductwork. Air conditioning duct cleaning can help resolve this odor in the short term, but the existence of these particles and moisture can indicate a larger leakage problem in your ductwork, which will cause unnecessary stress on your AC and could lead to a premature breakdown.
3. REDUCED AIR FLOW OR NO COOL AIR COMING FROM YOUR VENTS
A reduction in the air flow or the cool air you feel coming out of your vents can also be a symptom of leaky ductwork, a failing AC fan, or an AC compressor that is low on refrigerant. Though you may still be able to cool your home (eventually), you are not far off from a total AC shutdown.
4. YOU’RE HEARING STRANGE AC NOISES
Have you been hearing strange noises coming from your vents, especially when you turn your central air system on? Here are 6 common AC noises you could be hearing, and what it could indicate about the state of your air conditioning system.
5. FREQUENT AC REPAIRS
Have you ever had an old car that required a couple of seemingly small repairs, right before it bit the dust for good? An increase in repairs often indicates there is an underlying issue that has not been fully addressed. Oftentimes, air conditioner replacement will cost less than paying for multiple repairs and the loss in efficiency over the course of a year.
IS YOUR NEXT AC EMERGENCY RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER?
As we look towards spending more time inside this summer, your cooling system is going to be the centerpiece of your summer comfort. Don’t sweat an unexpected AC emergency, and bring in the air conditioning replacement, maintenance, and repair experts at DeHart. We can assess the efficiency of your system, the state of your ductwork, and provide the air conditioning tune up you need to ensure your home stays cool all summer long while keeping your cooling bills as low as possible.