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HVAC Tips to Avoid an AC Emergency

It’s an unfortunate fact for most homeowners’ lives that the temperature on their thermostat and the actual temperature at home can be quite different. This issue is even more likely to happen in larger homes. However, it’s not something that anyone should have to put up with.

Recognizing the warning signs before an AC emergency happens can help homeowners stop these issues in their tracks and keep their homes exactly as cool as they want them to be.

Why You Might Need AC Services

hvac services AAA ModernBefore an AC emergency happens, there may be smaller signs that should trigger a homeowner to call a professional in to inspect the problem. One of those signs is an increase in the home’s electric bill.

While the energy efficiency of the HVAC unit may not take an obvious jump when things start to not work as smoothly, even a small, consistent jump should cause a closer look into it. A professional will be able to assess the system for any problems with its energy efficiency.

Changes with indoor air quality should also make a homeowner call for professional help. Sometimes these changes are subtle, like more sneezing and wheezing from people living in the home that have allergies or asthma. Or they can be larger issues like mold or strange odors in the home.

Preventing an AC Emergency by Recognizing Problems

In addition to the more subtle ways a homeowner can identify issues before experiencing an AC emergency, there are also larger signs that shouldn’t be ignored.

  • prevent ac issuesMore frequent repairs - If the HVAC unit is requiring more and more repairs, it might be time to call in a professional and likely replace the entire system.
  • Taking longer to cool the home - The older and more run down an HVAC unit is, the longer it is going to take to cool the home down.
  • Hissing noises - Some noises are to be expected, but hissing noises should be taken very seriously. This is often a precursor to issues with the air ducts in the home.
  • Frequent cycling - An HVAC unit should turn on, cool the home down, and then turn off. This is referred to as its cycle. An older unit or one that isn’t working well will cycle frequently, sometimes turning off and then back on almost immediately.

When to Contact a Technician

call usAAA ModernMany homeowners are tempted to try to repair their own HVAC units when things start to go wrong. However, this is often a recipe for disaster. That is why it is important to always call an HVAC technician at the first sign of trouble.

Trying the DIY approach may occasionally work out, but it poses large risks to both the home and the homeowner. The homeowner may inadvertently end up damaging the HVAC system and causing an even more expensive AC emergency.

They may also end up hurting themselves, as some of these types of repairs are an electrocution risk. Homeowners just don’t have the right tools for the job. It’s always best to leave any AC emergency to the professionals who know how to practice correct HVAC safety procedures.

About AAA Modern Air

AAA Modern Air has been family owned and operated for three generations, since 1969. They provide prompt, cost-effective, courteous, and professional customer service for their many air conditioning and air duct services (including repair, installation, and maintenance).