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July 1, 2020

When you own your own home, it’s always something. The sprinklers need winterizing, the gutters need cleaning, there’s that one drippy faucet in the kid’s bathroom… the list goes on and on. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could know the signs that one of your most important appliances is about to kick the bucket?

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. 

AC not working? We’re available 24 hours a day for emergency AC repair! Call DeHart at 405-224-0184 or get in touch here.

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