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Is it Time to Get Your Air Conditioning Serviced? 5 Ways to Tell for Sure

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Here at Clean Air Solutions Hamilton, we take our role in the local community very seriously indeed.

As we see it, our job is to do our utmost to make sure you and your loved ones have the cleanest, freshest, purest indoor air to breathe.

To do this, we are constantly researching the latest cutting-edge services and products to control your indoor air quality to the level your family requires.

From ventilation, purification, filtration, and humidifier/dehumidifier solutions to indoor air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning services, we aim to serve as a one-stop resource for any air quality issues you may be experiencing.

But there is one thing you can do to maximize the results of any air quality solution we provide to you, and that is to take the time annually to ensure your HVAC and furnace systems are in tip-top condition.

In this post, learn how to know it may be time to get your air conditioner serviced.

5 Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs to be Serviced

No one loves scheduling their appliances’ annual maintenance tune-ups.

Of course, we don’t tend to love going to the dentist or having our annual wellness doctor check-up either, but we do these things because they provide us with peace of mind as well as the chance to catch any major health issues in the early stages.

The same model works just as well when applied to your air conditioner. Yes, having your A/C inspection and tune-up appointment annually will require a little of your time and money. But it can (and often will) prevent much more costly and inconvenient major repair issues or outages later on.

Here are five common signs that you can watch for to indicate your air conditioner should be serviced soon:

Sign 1: You hear strange sounds (and you are pretty sure your house isn’t haunted)

Air conditioners that are in good working order should make predictable noises. For instance, you may hear the slight sound associated with your A/C unit cycling on and off. But loud pops, bangs, rattles, buzzes, or clanks are neither normal nor healthy.

If you hear these sounds, it is time to call in the pros to take a look around and see what may need tightening, lubricating, repairing, or replacing inside your air conditioner.

Sign 2: You get sticker shock every time your cooling bill arrives

This may not be readily apparent in “transitional” months, when the outside weather leaves you poised in between cool and warm temperatures. But wait until summer arrives in earnest and you compare this year’s cooling costs with last year’s. Then you will have a clearer picture of whether it is costing you more to cool the same space.

When this happens, it might indicate something as simple as a clogged filter and air vents. Or it could mean your A/C unit is approaching the end of its useful efficient life and a replacement may be in your future.

Sign 3: You and your family seem more prone to spring allergies or breathing issues than usual

Dirty air registers, ducts, and vents can all be implicated in this type of seasonal issue. Over time, the system of air registers, ducts, and vents that your air conditioner relies on to do its job can get dirty, dusty, and clogged with all kinds of debris.

As well, in winter, insects and small animals might have found your indoor air ducts a handy refuge where they could shelter from the cold, leaving behind debris, shell sheds, feces, and other unwelcome calling cards.

As this matter gets pushed out into each room of your home, it can result in you getting sicker quicker. You might think new spring pollens are all to blame, but chances are quite good your immune system was already compromised from fighting the toxins already present in your air duct system.

Sign 4: You hear the A/C cycle on, but the airflow through the air registers seems weak from room to room

Here, there are two potential issues at work. The first issue is referenced in Sign 3 and is most likely due to clogged air ducts that are making your air conditioner work too hard to try to push the air through to each room.

The second issue relates to an entirely separate repair need in the air conditioner’s compressor. As the compressor begins to fail, it will not work as effectively to push out temperature-controlled air. Here, the earlier you catch and fix this issue, the less likely you will need to replace additional worn-out components, or, worst of all, the entire HVAC unit.

Sign 5: You find moisture leaking out around or underneath your unit

Moisture might be condensation. It might also be refrigerant. Either way, this needs to be fixed pronto before a more serious issue presents itself. Excess condensation that pools near or beneath the unit could indicate a blocked drainage issue. Left unaddressed, you might end up with mould or mildew or—even worse—water damage inside your house from a major leak.

Refrigerant is a known toxin; if it’s leaking out of your air conditioner, it can cause damage to both you and your pets, and to your air conditioner itself.

Why Schedule Your Air Conditioning Inspection & Maintenance Service Call Now

The main purpose of having your HVAC unit inspected and maintained annually is to ensure your air conditioner is working safely and efficiently. Secondary benefits include early detection of small repairs before they become major expenses.

Spring is the perfect time to schedule your HVAC inspection and also have your air ducts cleaned.

Give us a call to schedule these services at 905-544-2470

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