Here are the Signs Your AC system Needs to Be Serviced

As summer temperatures rise, a well-functioning air conditioning system becomes essential for maintaining comfort (and sanity) in your home or office. Unfortunately, like any mechanical system, AC units are susceptible to issues that hinder performance.

Like vehicles, the key to preventing inconvenient breakdowns and costly repairs is catching and repairing minor problems before they become bigger ones. This article outlines five key indicators that it’s time to call a Hoock’s expert technician.

Insufficient Cooling

One of the most obvious signs that your AC system needs servicing is if it’s no longer cooling your space effectively. If you’ve recognized that the air coming out of the vents is not as cold as it used to be or that certain areas of your home are noticeably warmer than others, there’s likely something behind your AC’ struggles.  

The first step is finding the cause of the diminished performance. A trained technician can help identify a range of potential issues, including low refrigerant levels, a clogged filter, or a malfunctioning compressor. After diagnosing the problem, we’ll explore your repair options and restore your home’s comfort.

Unusual Noises

Air conditioners aren’t completely silent, but most homeowners know what theirs is supposed to sound like. If you notice any unusual noises that haven’t been there previously, you should take it seriously.

The most common sounds that indicate a problem are grinding, squealing, or banging coming from your AC unit. These noises typically indicate a mechanical issue, such as a loose or broken part, a failing motor, or debris caught in the system.

If you hear something out of the ordinary, it’s tempting to turn up the volume on TV or simply turn off your AC temporarily, but ignoring these sounds can lead to severe damage and potentially costly repairs.

Frequent Cycling

Your air conditioning system should cycle on and off at regular intervals to maintain a consistent, pre-set indoor temperature. If you notice that your AC unit is turning on and off more frequently than usual, this could be a sign that something’s wrong.  

The most common issues that cause irregular or overly-frequent cycling include a dirty filter, thermostat problems, or an oversized unit. A professional inspection can determine the cause and restore your system’s efficiency.

High Energy Bills

Nothing will catch your attention like an inflated energy bill. A sudden cost increase, without a corresponding rise in intentional usage, is a common red flag that something’s off with your AC system.

Various factors can contribute to decreased efficiency, including dirty coils, low refrigerant, or a failing component. An HVAC technician can perform a thorough inspection, identify the issue, and make the necessary repairs to improve your system’s efficiency and help lower your energy costs.

Water Leaks and High Humidity Levels

Excess moisture – on the ground or in the air – is a telltale sign of AC problems. If you’ve noticed water gathering around your system, it’s time to call in the pros. Leaks may indicate one of several potential issues, but the most likely cause is a clogged condensate drain line.

High humidity in your home is another sign that you shouldn’t ignore. Not only is elevated humidity uncomfortable, but it can also damage your home and your health.

When air filters are clogged or dirty, airflow is restricted, which can reduce the efficiency of the AC system. This can lead to inadequate dehumidification as the system cannot circulate enough air through the evaporator coils to effectively remove moisture.

Poor Airflow

If you notice weak or limited airflow from your vents, there’s a good chance your system is dealing with clogged filters, fan issues, or dirty coils. Reduced airflow not only affects your comfort but can also put extra strain on your AC unit, potentially causing further damage and higher bills.

Contact Hoock’s to Schedule Your Service Appointment

If you’ve experienced any of the signs in this article, you know what time it is! Hoock’s is here to help protect your future self from costly repairs while delivering the peace of mind that comes with knowing your system is in good working condition.

Contact a member of our team online or by calling (636) 266 -2187, and we’ll find a convenient date and time for your AC service in the St. Louis area. We look forward to working with you!