How to Know It May Be Time for Air Conditioner Service07/13/2016It’s the time of year we’re grateful for our AC. There’s nothing much better than walking into a nice, cool house after being out in the sweltering heat. If you find that your system is not getting your home cool enough, there could be a lot of reasons. It may be abnormally hot outside, or may be stalled filters or dirty coils, or even your thermostat. But, it could possibly be that the system is low on refrigerant. There are some warnings you can look out for to let you know that your refrigerant is running low and that it’s time to call in a professional for air conditioner service. Higher Utility Bills An air conditioner that is missing refrigerant will have to work longer in attempts to cool the temperature. This results in higher utility bills. If you’ve observed abnormally high bills it could be time to call someone in to check out your air conditioner. Ice Buildup or Water If you see any ice on your outdoor AC unit, there’s a chance that there’s problems. When you’re low on refrigerant, your system’s evaporator coil might get too cold and the humidity surrounding your refrigerant line will freeze. This could lead to compressor damage. If your compressor becomes damaged, and it’s not under warranty, it’s could be more cost effective to replace the whole outside unit. Your Home Isn’t Cool If your unit is taking longer than it typically does to cool your home or if it’s not reaching the temperature set on your thermostat, your greatest bet is to have your system serviced. There are a number of things that are possibly taking place that a technician would be able to pinpoint. If you’re stressed you may be running low on refrigerant, it’s essential to get it looked at by the experts. Give us a call and we’ll get you taken care of and keep you cool. You could schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 540-483-5605.