It’s the first official day of summer. The only better time to evaluate the condition of your AC would have been in the spring. But, now is the second best time! And, if you haven’t already scheduled an AC tune-up, you should do so regardless of the condition you feel your AC is in.
Still, these tips are good to know so that you can determine whether your AC needs repairs or requires replacement at any point throughout the summer. Nobody wants to suffer through scorching heat with a malfunctioning AC. If you’re unsure about the condition of your unit, here are some essential tips to help you determine its performance and identify any potential issues.
Turn on your AC and assess the airflow coming out of the vents. Place your hand near the vents and check if the air is blowing strong and steady. It should feel strong and consistent. Weak airflow might indicate clogged filters or ductwork problems, which can affect the cooling efficiency of your system.
Monitor Cooling Performance
Set your thermostat to the desired temperature and observe how well your AC cools the room. It should reach the set temperature within a reasonable time frame. If it takes an extended period or struggles to reach the desired temperature, there could be an underlying problem.
Look at the Thermostat
Verify that your thermostat is functioning properly by setting it to different temperatures and observing if the AC responds accordingly. Inaccurate temperature readings or unresponsive controls could indicate a problem with the thermostat.
Listen for Unusual Noises
Pay attention to any unusual sounds coming from your air conditioning unit, such as grinding, squealing, or rattling. Grinding, squealing, or rattling noises could indicate issues with the motor, fan, or other mechanical components. Unusual sounds should be addressed promptly to prevent further damage.
Consider Maintenance History
An air conditioner that hasn’t been maintained properly or hasn’t had regular maintenance performed on it will not be in its best condition. Since routine maintenance is a critical part of taking care of your AC, it will not be as efficient or effective as a unit that has been properly maintained.
Get a Professional Inspection
Remember, while these steps can provide valuable insights into the health of your AC system, you should always get professional assistance if you’re unsure or suspect it needs repairs. HVAC technicians have the expertise to diagnose problems accurately and perform any necessary repairs or maintenance, ensuring your AC is ready to beat the summer heat.
Schedule your AC tune-up or maintenance appointment today.
Delta Air Systems is an established heating company in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. And we’ve been installing, servicing and repairing heating and cooling systems since the 1950s and work hard to ensure complete customer satisfaction.