We get it, when something is amiss with your air conditioner, it probably seems far easier—not to mention, cheaper—to hop online and find a “how-to” video to solve the problem on your own. This can be a mistake for a number of reasons, however.
First off, it takes a trained and experienced professional to accurately diagnose a Bulverde, TX air conditioning issue. Additionally, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up damaging other components of your air conditioner and make the problem worse. Lastly, you might injure yourself or expose yourself to potentially harmful substances, like refrigerant.
Keep reading to learn more about 3 common AC issues people try to solve on their own, but should really leave to the pros!
1: Low Airflow
This is a particularly frustrating problem to have, and we understand why you would want to try to fix it on your own, quickly. When air doesn’t seem to be flowing as powerfully as it should, it usually means that cold air is trapped in the system, which can cause the coils to freeze. It can be due to other reasons, too, however, such as damaged ductwork—and no, that’s not something you can fix on your own with a little duct tape. Reduced airflow means your system is working too hard to cool your home, and it’s time to call in a pro.
2: Reduced Cooling
Next to low airflow, lukewarm air is a pain to deal with. This can be the result of low, leaking refrigerant, overheating components, breaches in the ductwork, or any combination of these problems. Is the air coming out of your vents warmer than you expect? Check first that your thermostat did not accidentally get set to “fan only” mode or heating mode. If the thermostat seems fine, then it’s pro time.
Did this start occurring right after you had your system installed? We have some unfortunate news then: your air conditioner is probably too big for your home. Short-cycling occurs when the AC system turns on and off numerous times throughout the day without running very long in the meantime. Since your air conditioner uses more energy turning on and turning off than it does running, you can probably imagine why this would be a problem. And since the problem could likely be because of a system that’s too large, you’ll absolutely want a professional to help you either replace the system or see how you can make it work more efficiently.
Other Repair Signs to Be Aware Of
The above mentioned repair issues are signs you should never ignore, and never try to fix on your own. But they aren’t the only signs of malfunctions you should look or listen for. Is your system making any odd noises, like clanging or grinding? A component might be loose. Are your bills higher than they should be? Your system is probably working inefficiently for some reason, and that should be diagnosed.
Contact Riteway Service Company for all your professional HVAC needs.