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Spotting The Signs: When Your Air Conditioning System Needs Attention

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It's a warm summer day, and suddenly, there's a distinct lack of cool air circulating through your home. Is it a temporary glitch or a sign that your air conditioning system needs professional repair or replacement? Here's how to tell.

Unusual Noises

If you're hearing strange sounds coming from your air conditioning unit — such as banging, squeaking or rattling — it's a clear sign that something's not quite right. These noises could indicate loose or broken components, which need immediate attention to prevent further damage.

Reduced Cooling Efficiency

Does it feel like your home isn't as cool as it should be, even with the air conditioning system running full blast? If so, this could signal a problem. A noticeable decrease in cooling efficiency might mean that your system is struggling to keep up with demand, pointing towards potential issues with its compressor or refrigerant levels.

Frequent Cycles

Air conditioning systems go through cooling cycles, regardless of the weather. However, if you notice that your system is cycling on and off more frequently than usual, it's time to get it checked. This could be a sign of a bigger problem and may mean that your system is on its way out.

High Energy Costs

A sudden increase in your energy bills without an obvious reason could indicate that your air conditioning system is working harder than it should be. This often means it's becoming less efficient and might need repairs or even replacement.

Bad Smells

If there's a foul or pungent smell when you turn on your air conditioning, don't ignore it. This could be due to mould growth within your unit or ductwork, which definitely requires professional attention.

Humidity Problems

While it's normal for humidity levels to rise during rainy periods, your air conditioning unit should keep these levels stable indoors. If you're noticing dampness or condensation around windows and walls, it's a sign that your air conditioning system isn't working as it should.

Age of the Unit

Lastly, consider the age of your unit. Most air conditioning systems last around a decade or so. If your unit is approaching or has exceeded this age range and is having consistent problems, it might be more cost-effective to replace it rather than continue with repairs.

Air conditioning issues shouldn't be ignored. Recognising these signs early can save you from discomfort and hefty repair bills later on. 

Contact a professional to learn more about air conditioning systems.