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Is Your Air Conditioner Able to Handle the Last of the Heat?

thermometer-going-redJudging by the history of weather here in the Triangle Area, we likely have some heat left at the end of the year. Although you should be preparing your household heating system for the winter (start by scheduling routine maintenance through our Comfort Club), this isn’t a time to take the air conditioning system for granted. It’s tempting to simply leave any issues with the AC alone, thinking you can have them dealt with next year when it’s time to get ready for warm weather again.

What you need to ask yourself now is whether the AC can deal with a final heat wave. If it can’t, or you have any reason to believe it has a malfunction, we recommend calling us right away to have our technicians look into it and fix any problems. You don’t want to delay with air conditioning repair in Cary, NC or elsewhere in our service area, no matter how close to colder weather we are.

A Quick AC Check for the End of the Year

What are some of the warnings that you have an air conditioner that may not be able to handle the next heat wave? Think about how the air conditioner was running during the late summer, or turn it on now for an hour and pay attention to anything out of the ordinary. Do you notice…

  • Odd noises? This can be rattling, clanging, banging, grinding, screeching, or hissing sounds. Anything different from the standard noise of the motors and the compressor running. These noises can point to mechanical troubles brewing in the AC, or even refrigerant leaks.
  • Low airflow from the vents? Take time to walk around the rooms of your house and feel the air flowing from room vents. Does it seem weaker than normal? Check to see if the air filter needs to be changed, as this can be a source of dropping airflow. If that isn’t the problem, there may be issues in the AC or the ventilation system.
  • Hot spots in rooms? Central air conditioners are designed to generate an even cooling around a home. Poor insulation in rooms or extra sunlight exposure can put this out of balance. But if you’re finding some rooms are hotter than others when this wasn’t previously an issue, the air conditioner may be losing its cooling power. It could also mean trouble with the thermostat or the zone control system (if you have one).
  • It turning on and off repeatedly? This situation is known as short-cycling. The compressor is coming on and then shutting down too early, repeating the process a few times an hour. This places immense strain on system components and points toward a range of possible problems. Short-cycling needs to be investigated and fixed as soon as possible.

When in doubt, call our technicians out! If you’ve already planned for heating maintenance, ask the technicians to investigate the AC as well. Not only will this protect you from any final heat wave, it means the air conditioner will be in good shape to start work next year.

Enjoy the comfort you deserve when you call on Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Serving the Triangle Area of North Carolina.

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