There are times when you can put off your air conditioning repair simply because the issue isn't what you would consider an emergency or because you don't have the means to have it repaired. However, there are other times when you want to have it taken care of right away, even if it means tapping into resources you wouldn't otherwise in order to have the issues addressed. When it comes to AC repair, here are some things to know and to consider.
Spotting issues with the air conditioning
There are different areas of concern when it comes to making sure everything is performing correctly with your air conditioning system.
The outside unit — You will have the outside unit where the motor and its components are housed. This is one area of concern because anything that goes on with the motor, the fan, the belts, or the hoses will be happening in this area, right inside of the housing unit. Any new sounds or even smells coming from this area indicate one of these types of issues. So, make it a point to pay attention to what is happening while you are out cleaning the area around the housing on a regular basis to keep it free of foliage and debris.
The ducts — You need to make sure the ducts are in good shape. One of the things that can go wrong with the ducts is they can end up with a leak in them. Leaks in the ducts can often be heard as whooshing or whistling sounds. You may also notice there is an unevenness to the way the house is cooling because of leaks in the ducts. Another issue that can happen is something like a rodent can get in the ducts and die, leading to a horrible smell throughout the house that won't clear until you have the carcass removed.
The thermostat — The thermostat is needed in good running order because it is what turns the system on and off and what temperature the system will work to achieve throughout the home. Thermostats can end up malfunctioning or they can break to where they don't work in any capacity.
Spotting emergency issues
An emergency issue with the air conditioner is one in which there may be electrical problems that can be a fire hazard. These issues must be looked into immediately, even if you don't plan on using the unit. Another emergency will be having the air conditioner not working correctly during a heatwave where your house will become too hot to stay in from a health standpoint. If you aren't dealing with these issues, then you may be able to put off the repairs for a while as long as you do not use the unit until they have been fixed. However, if you want to use the system, you need to make sure to have problems repaired in order to continue doing so.
For more information, contact an AC repair service in your area.