If your check engine light is on, then clearly there’s a problem!
We’re kidding, if only our air conditioners had little lights or buzzers that went off whenever something was wrong or neglected. We’d probably have to help a lot fewer anxious customers, and you’d probably never have made it to this blog. The truth is that your air conditioner could be suffering from a problem right now and you’d never really know.
Neglect is a terrifying word, because it’s sinister. Nobody neglects a system on purpose, it’s just that life can become busy, stressful, and intense enough that your air conditioner falls to the lowest rung of priorities. Then, when summer hits and you’re trying as hard as you can to avoid paying too much for air conditioning in Bigfork, MT, something crops up.
Let’s talk about some common ways an AC can be neglected, and some practices to help you avoid this outcome.
Signs You’re Neglecting Your AC
Let’s first start off with some common signs that might tell you that your AC is neglected. If any of these sound familiar, then please don’t hesitate to call us. We’re the premier AC repair team in Bigfork, MT and we can get your system fixed at an affordable price.
- It keeps making that obnoxious sound. We understand how frustrating this can be. You come home from a hard day of work and your air conditioner is banging around as it starts up. You just don’t have time to deal with that, right? Well, an AC making loud noises can quickly become an expensive repair need when it’s allowed to go on. The earlier you call us to have this fixed, the better.
- You’re having trouble budgeting for energy bills. While it’s definitely been a hard year for families on a budget, your energy bill should not be going up this much. Compare it to last year’s energy bill or the year before it. (Many utility companies have payment records available online) Skyrocketing energy bills are usually a sign that your AC is on the fritz and needs to be fixed.
- It just doesn’t keep you comfortable like it used to. It’s reaching 90 degrees outside and your air conditioner can barely keep your home in the 80s. What gives? Well, poor temperature control could signal a refrigerant leak or some other issue that needs to be fixed by a professional.
- There’s no airflow coming out of the vents! Perhaps you know that your air conditioner has properly cooled off the air in your home, but it’s just having trouble sending it into your room. A problem with poor airflow could be a result of a clogged air filter or a broken blower motor. Our team can help get to the bottom of it.
A Few Tips to Avoid Neglect
Before we leave for today, here are a few tips to help you avoid neglecting your AC system:
- Change the air filter every 1-3 months. This will ensure maximum airflow and efficiency.
- Keep the outdoor cabinet clear and clean for at least two feet.
- Unblock all of your vents. Your AC is designed to cool wherever there is an air vent.