The first day of summer was June 21 and after a relatively cool, wet spring, we’re now facing several days of 90-degree-plus weather. If you’re a resident of the area around the nation’s capital, you know this is the time of year when we rely most heavily on our central cooling systems to keep us productive at work and comfortable at home. That’s why it’s so important to know the signs of potential problems with your HVAC system and to be prepared with a reliable company to call on when you’re in need of AC repair, whether you live in Fairfax, Reston, Alexandria or Falls Church, VA. Make sure the AC repair company you call has a good reputation!
Indications of problems with your central unit can include:
You’ve lost your cool:
Have you noticed that your air doesn’t seem to be as cool, or that your equipment has to work harder (running constantly and seldom turning off) to get your home to a comfortable temperature? There’s one basic maintenance service that you can handle on your own to see if it fixes the problem: replacement of the filter.
Many HVAC equipment companies advise replacing your filter several times a year (even monthly if you have animals or live in a particularly dusty region). Filters come in several different standard sizes, so measure before you go out to buy one. There are several different filtration levels available; check with your service provider and/or your unit’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends.
If you replace your filter and find that the equipment’s performance is still not up to par, you could have a blockage someplace else in your system. Finding this blockage is not a job for amateurs—call in the professionals to uncover the problem.
You notice funny smells, strange noises or leaks
If you’ve been running your air conditioning unit for a few years or even for a few months you’re probably familiar with the sounds that it makes—the swish of the air, the click when it turns on. But if you start hearing unfamiliar sounds—squeaks, rattles, grinding noises or anything that hasn’t been present when you’ve run it in the past—get service people out to look at the unit.
That advice also holds when you smell burning, mold, chemicals or other unusual odors coming from your unit, when you see some liquid coming out of it or when you see ice forming on your condenser.
Don’t wait to see if things get worse; call for air conditioning repair immediately. Swift action could prevent a small problem from becoming much larger—and help you avoid doing without cooling when you need it most.
Your unit cycles frequently and/or causes your circuit breakers to trip
These could be signals of a problem in the unit’s electrical system, in the thermostat or in the wiring. Get help right away—this kind of problem could be a potential fire hazard.
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Keep the number of Discount Appliance Repair on your refrigerator so you know who to call when you need fast and reliable AC repairs in Washington, D.C. and its Virginia suburbs. We’ll help you keep your cool this summer.