A summer in Pinellas County means time for the beach, beautiful sunsets, and your air conditioner running almost nonstop. When the AC in your home stops working properly, you’re hot, your energy bill can go through the roof, and your system runs less efficiently.

Be on the lookout for these common problems with your air conditioner this summer so you can take care of any issues before they get too big.

Your Air Conditioner Runs Too Much

When the temperature exceeds 95 degrees and the humidity hits 100 percent, you expect your air conditioner to run more, but when it never cycles off, you know there’s a problem. There are a few things you can do to help your unit:

  • Make sure your windows and doors are closed
  • Check your filter and change it if it’s dirty
  • Make sure your thermostat isn’t set too low

If none of these fixes help, it may be time to call in a professional.

Your AC Makes Strange Noises

You should expect the hum of the blower, a click when your air conditioner turns on, and the whir of the outside condenser. Other noises mean your system is having problems, working too hard, and using more energy. It could be a belt wearing out, loose hardware, a failing motor, or a system in need of oil. If you hear any of these noises, call for repair before the sound gets any louder:

  • Rattling
  • Screaming
  • Screeching
  • Thumping
  • Squealing
  • Clanking
  • Banging

Your House Is Too Warm

It’s bad enough that your AC is running more often, but it’s even worse when you aren’t getting any cooler. When this happens, check your filter and change it if necessary, make sure your vents and registers aren’t blocked, and clean off your outdoor unit. If you do all that and you’re still warm, it could be a refrigerant problem. You’ll need to call for service to fix the problem.

Don’t let your AC work too hard and use too much energy this summer. Do what you can to fix common problems, and if you still need help, give us a call at Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. at 866-881-5935.

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