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3 AC Problems You Can’t Ignore

ac-repairIf there was an air conditioner that never developed problems, we’d be the first ones to tell you about it. Until that time comes, of course, you’ll just have to rely on some good old fashioned air conditioning repair and maintenance services.

It’s also important that you don’t ignore repair problems when they do arise. Down below, we’ll list three in particular that you should never ignore.

Strange Noises

Is there a new noise that’s suddenly overtaking the gentle whoosh of air from the AC? That, alone, is enough to warrant a call for professional advice from an AC repair expert in Delaware.

Among the most troubling AC-related noises are those like hissing, grinding, clanging, and screeching. These noises are typically rooted in problems with leaks, obstructions, motor bearings, or electrical issues.

Regardless of which particular noise you’re hearing, all of them can have a substantial effect on your air conditioner. This is not a problem that we can diagnose for you over a blog post, so we highly suggest calling a professional before continuing to run the system. If not, it may end up costing much more in the future to fix or replace damaged parts.

Short Cycling

If your air conditioner can’t make up its mind about staying on or off, this could be a short cycling issue. Short cycling will put your AC on an operational roller coaster as it struggles to maintain the temperature set on the thermostat.

Ultimately, short cycling can increase your energy bills, damage components, and prevent your AC from doing the main thing you want it to: keeping your home cool.

In many cases, short cycling is caused by an air conditioner that’s too large for the home—it will have to be replaced. However, you might get lucky and find out that you simply have a dirty filter that desperately needs replacing.

Either way, it’s best not to make guesses about what the problem could be. A professional can easily determine the cause of the issue and tell you how to proceed from there.

Duct Leaks

Does your AC just not cool like it’s supposed to? You’re not just being impatient or imagining it—it could very well be a cooling issue, such as a duct leak.

If your air ducts have a leak, cooled air will get sucked up in these leaks before they can reach the rooms of your home. When the air doesn’t circulate properly, it will put an added demand on your system as it tries to match the settings on your thermostat. The more your system works over-time to compensate for the leak, the more your system will be subject to wear-and-tear.

You’ll need to seal those leaks if you want to bring cool air and order back to your home. Although sealing the ducts sounds like an easy DIY project, you can’t do it with duct tape. You’ll need the tools of a professional HVAC contractor to test the ducts thoroughly.

Contact Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc. today to schedule services for AC repair or maintenance.

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