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AC Care: More Important Now than Ever

top view of the outside unit of an air conditionerSummer is officially over, which may not mean much for those of us in the San Antonio area. But even so, we will soon have a break from running our air conditioners day in and day out. With how much you’ve surely been using yours in recent months, it’s likely accumulated a lot of wear and tear. So even though we are about to have a reprieve from hot weather, now is not the time to ignore your cooling system. Late season repairs are likely, even if you had maintenance done before summer began.

We get how tempting it is to put off this San Antonio, TX air conditioning service. After all, you aren’t going to need your cooling system. But if you want to ensure that it is able to do its job next year, you need to take care of any problems that exist, now. What repair needs should you watch for?

Ice on the Evaporator Coil

There are a number of homeowners out there who believe seeing ice somewhere on the air conditioning system is a normal occurrence. After all, AC systems produce cold air, right? Maybe your air conditioner is just working a little too well. This is, unfortunately, a dangerous conclusion to come to.

Ice on your evaporator coil means that it is getting too cold, and is causing condensation to freeze. This may be resolved by something as simple as changing out a clogged and dirty air filter, or having your coil professionally cleaned after the source of the problem is found. The source might be a refrigerant leak—which a much more urgent problem that requires immediate professional attention.

Short Cycling

Short cycling describes the process of an air conditioner turning on and shutting off rapidly. It should instead be turning on and off in fairly regular and gradual cycles. If short cycling is occurring, then your AC system is suffering from a few potential problems.

If it does this immediately after installation, then, unfortunately, it means that your air conditioner was not properly sized—it may actually be too large for your home (bigger is not always better!) Other possible causes include a refrigerant leak or dirty coil. It could even be a malfunctioning capacitor, thermostat, or any number of other components essential to the operation of the cooling system.

Odd Noises

There are some AC repairs that make it obvious you must call for repairs right away, such as a cooling system that’s not blowing out cool air. Other problems can be more subtle. Say, perhaps, you hear squeaking coming from your air conditioner cabinet. You might be tempted to write this off as a minor annoyance—but it could be the sign of a bigger problem that needs addressing.

A general rule of thumb is that if you hear any unusual/unfamiliar sounds coming from your air conditioner, it’s time to call in a professional to take a look. This includes banging, rattling, bubbling, hissing, and more.

For quality air conditioning services throughout San Antonio and beyond, contact Riteway Service Company today!

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