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How Can Routine Care Prevent an AC Emergency?

Tips for Avoiding AC Emergencies

It’s a common occurrence that extreme weather is hard on AC units; leading to the dreaded AC emergency. If it happens in the spring months your house can actually become dangerous to stay in. But there are usually warning signs to let you know that something is wrong with your AC unit before it fails completely.

One of the biggest warning signs is a struggling AC unit. You set a temperature on your thermostat and forget about it, only to realize later that your house isn’t getting much cooler. Your AC is running, but it’s still warmer than it should be. This is particularly common in bigger homes where AC units have more square footage to cool. This article breaks down the different warning signs to look out for— and tips to prevent— an AC emergency.

When Should You Call for AC Service?

hvac servicesWhile it’s definitely time to call a professional when your AC unit is struggling to cool your home, there are also some more subtle signs to look out for to prevent a serious AC emergency. Believe it or not, overcooling can be a sign that your AC needs some attention.

Usually, this is a sign that your thermostat is malfunctioning and is an easy fix, but it can also cause your unit to overwork and decrease its lifespan. Poor air quality is also an indicator that your unit is struggling.

If you notice a chemical smell from the AC vents, the air doesn’t seem as fresh, or your allergies are acting up, it could be time to have your unit serviced. A chemical smell could be a sign that you have a refrigerant leak in your AC unit, which could end up costing a lot to fix if it is left to run without addressing the issue.

If you happen to hear strange sounds coming from your AC unit, it’s best to call a professional to diagnose the issue. If you hear humming, buzzing, squealing, rattling, or clanking, it’s a sign that something is wrong. Getting things like this diagnosed right away can end up saving you a lot of money and will help prevent an AC emergency.

Tips to Prevent Air Conditioner Issues

There are a few things you can do yourself to prevent AC issues. Changing your filters regularly can do a lot to help your system function properly, keep your air clean, and prevent AC issues. Dirty filters cause problems with airflow and make your AC unit work harder than they should.

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The best thing you can do is to schedule regular inspections. Rather than waiting for something to happen and reacting to it, you can help to head off AC emergencies by having a professional clean and diagnose your whole system on a regular basis. This will help to ensure that your AC unit runs strong and has a long life.

Having Trouble? Call a Technician

call usIt’s important to remember that DIY isn’t always the best option. Dealing with electricity is very dangerous unless you know exactly what you’re doing.

While things like changing your filters, replacing batteries in your thermostat, and staying alert to any issues are easily done by any homeowner, working on an AC unit is best left to a technician who knows proper HVAC safety. Not only for the sake of your system but for the sake of your safety.

About Wolfgang’s Cooling & Heating

For quality work from expert technicians, Wolfgang’s Cooling & Heating can’t be beaten. Since 1982, they have been performing all kinds of HVAC services in Scottsdale, AZ. Their technicians are handpicked and undergo rigorous background checks and technical testing to ensure only the highest quality customer service.