We get a lot of questions regarding Ocean County air conditioner repair. It can be a very confusing topic. There are a lot of parts and it is largely ignored by homeowners unless it’s broken. Ignoring both your heating and air conditioner is a mistake made by many. By allowing us to inspect your HVAC once or twice a year, you can avoid needing to call us for an emergency. A professional examination allows the technician to identify and fix small issues before they become big problems.
Q: My HVAC is making a strange noise. What does it mean?
A: No matter what the noise is, it’s probably time to call an Ocean County air conditioner repair team. Any noises that you notice outside of the normal sounds is a good indicator that there is something wrong with your air conditioner. Squealing noises could suggest a problem with the blower or fan, loud banging is usually a sign that something is broken or loose inside the unit, and a clicking noise could signify electrical issues. If you hear a high-pitched whistle, turn the power off to your A/C and call us right away. This could be a pressure problem within your condenser or a refrigerant leak. These are both very serious problems that need to be addressed immediately.
There are some normal noises that any air conditioner unit makes. You may hear the actual sound of air blowing through the duct work. It is also normal to occasionally hear some clicking sounds at the end of a cycle. If the clicking continues for a long time, however, that is not normal. Anytime you have a question about a noise coming from your HVAC, let us know and we’ll be happy to help you figure out what’s wrong or if it is a routine sound and nothing to worry about.
Q: Why isn’t my house getting as cold as I want it to?
A: This could be caused by a number of issues. The first step is to check your thermostat. Be sure it has working batteries, that it is set to cool, and is set at the right temperature. If everything with your thermostat looks good, it could be an indication that airflow is being blocked somewhere within the system. It could be a clogged air filter, debris in your condenser causing the fan to malfunction, or possibly an obstructed condenser coil. The air filter can be changed easily without having to call for repair, but, as always, if you have any questions about how to do it or what type of filter is best, contact us anytime.
One thing not to do if your air isn’t reaching the desired temperature is to lower the temperature even further. If the unit can’t reach 75°F, it certainly won’t be able to reach 65°F. All this does is force your unit to work harder and longer than necessary. All this will leave you with is a hefty energy bill. When you have your temperature set, but your air conditioner is unable to cool your home, give us a call. It could be a refrigerant leak which, if not fixed, could lead to much bigger complications.
Q: What Happens if I Neglect Routine Servicing?
A: Most items in your home that you look at regularly, use daily, or don’t involve lots of moving parts are taken care of better by homeowners. The same can’t be said for heating and air conditioning. These systems intimidate many homeowners. Plus, most parts of the system are usually hidden away in a closet where you don’t have to see it. Out of sight, out of mind is typical with HVAC. That is, until something goes wrong. Unfortunately, when HVAC systems break, it’s usually an emergency. This is because you wouldn’t know something was wrong unless you were trying to use it.
With an annual or biannual inspection by one of our Ocean County air conditioner repair technicians, you can avoid many, if not all, major emergencies. Of course, machines are bound to break, but that is why letting us take a close look at your HVAC system is so crucial. We’ll identify any red flags before they cause a complication. This saves you time, stress, and money.
When it comes to do it yourself maintenance, changing the air filter every three months is important. If that is all you do for your HVAC, it’s a necessary step. Clogged air filters make it harder for your air conditioner to reach temperature, raising your energy bill by the minute. Plus, the extra stress on the unit leads to early failure of many parts.