- Thermostat struggles to keep up – if you are constantly walking over to the thermostat to adjust the temperature, it may be a sign that your a/c unit is not able to keep up with your cooling demands. If your thermostat is set to 74 degrees, but the indoor temperature is reading 78 degrees still, this could mean that your a/c unit is working too hard. If a unit is the wrong size for a space, it could be working too much and that is why it can’t produce enough cooled air and it never gets to the desired temperature. You may need to call our office for A/C repair
- Noises – clunking, dings, and any other odd sound that you may hear when your a/c unit kicks on could also be a sign of a system that is working too hard. A lot of times if a unit is too small for a home, it will be running constantly, trying to keep up with the demand for cool air. However, a/c units are not designed to run continuously. They want to make enough cool air to fill the space and keep it at the desired temperature, and then they shut off. They only turn back on when the temperature starts to rise. That’s why having good insulation helps with cooling your home, not just heating it. If you hear a weird noise that starts only when your air conditioning turns on, it could be a sign of overuse. The parts in the a/c unit are supposed to work efficiently, but a system that is constantly running can wear out much quicker. This can lead to strange noises from loose or broken pieces. If you do hear something, get in touch with Reliance Home Comfort today, so we can assess the issue and fix it as soon as possible to minimize damage.
- Humidity – If your home always feels humid and muggy, even when the air conditioning is on, this could also be a sign that your system is working too hard. Besides feeling humid indoors other signs of high humidity include foggy windows and a musty smell from constant dampness. Optimizing humidity in your home is important throughout the year. High humidity can make it feel hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. Part of your HVAC’s job is to remove moisture from the air, and if a system is overworked, it might not be able to handle it on really humid days.
- Temperature Varies – in your home there may be spots that you know are always colder or warmer than everywhere else. While sunnier rooms might be slightly warmer, there shouldn’t be a huge difference in temperature. Your air conditioning might go into overdrive to reach the set temperature in your sun room, and that means it is pumping cold air all over the house, not just the sun room. You can help your system by pulling down the shades in bright rooms on hot days. If you have lots of spots in the home where the temperature varies, and there is no obvious reason, it could be a sign of a bigger issue, and you should call in a professional to get to the root cause.
- Big increase in bill – An air conditioning system that is in good shape will run as efficiently as possible. This means it will use the least amount of energy it can, and that will lower your energy bill. It will also save you money in the long run because an efficient system doesn’t wear out as quickly as one that is constantly working. If you do see a big jump in your energy bill, there could be many reasons for it. Broken parts, leaking air ducts, or poor insulation are just a few of the things that could be the cause. HVAC technicians recommend that you schedule a visit from a professional twice a year – once in the spring, before turning on the air conditioning, and once in the fall, before switching over to heat. This will help you to ensure that there are not issues, big or small, and that your system is running efficiently and saving you money.
Don’t wait until you hear clanking, don’t wait until you feel humidity indoors, and don’t wait until your system breaks down. Take preventative measures today, to ensure that your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible, and make an appointment with Reliance Home Comfort today!