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Use Your 5 Senses to Detect Problems With Your Air Conditioner

Trust Our Sixth Sense for Added Peace of Mind

Sensing that something is wrong with your air conditioner?

You can count on us to make it right! At Swanton Energy Services, we deliver the speedy, reliable repair service you need to get your air conditioner back on track in no time.

When it comes to an AC repair, addressing the problem quickly is crucial. It’s the key to preventing your system from incurring further damage—which protects your wallet against higher repair costs. Here’s how you can use your five senses to help us catch AC repairs early.

Sight: Keep an Eye on Your Air Conditioner

Visually examine your air conditioner, looking out for leaks, blockages and other physical damage. If you spot a refrigerant leak, a low level of refrigerant or blocked evaporation coils, don’t ignore it. These problems may cause your AC to freeze, taking years off of your unit’s life. Refrigerant can be poisonous and, if it comes into contact with an open flame, it can be extremely hazardous.

Hear: Listen to What Your System Has to Say

If your air conditioner starts making strange sounds, don’t tune them out. This is your system’s way of telling you there’s a problem.

Keep your ears open for noises such as:

  • Banging or clanking: This indicates that an internal part is loose, broken or knocked out of balance—and now it’s hitting other components. The sooner you contact us, the higher your chances are to stop the damage from spreading.
  • Clicking: It’s normal to hear clicking when turning your system on or off. But if the clicking persists, there’s a problem. It could be that your system’s thermostat is failing. If it’s not fixed, it’ll take your comfort down (or up) with it. It’s also possible your system has an electrical issue or defective control, making your unit dangerous to continue operating.
  • Rattling: A rattle can simply mean there’s a loose part inside of your unit. Or, it could point to a more serious issue: Your unit is deteriorating.
  • Hissing: Hissing means one of your valves is malfunctioning or there’s an air leak in your ductwork or vents.
  • Screaming or high-pitched whistling: This indicates something is terribly wrong with your unit. Turn your unit off immediately. If it’s your air conditioner, it’s probably a refrigerant leak. Or, it could mean the pressure inside of your compressor is exceedingly high. Either situation is extremely hazardous to you and your family’s safety.

If your unit starts making strange noises, make the sound decision and contact us right away!

Smell: Follow Your Nose When Your Bills Don’t Seem Right

Have your energy bills been on the rise lately? If so, there may be something fishy going on with your air conditioner.

As your cooling system ages, it becomes less efficient, requiring it to work harder and run longer to get the same cooling results. This leads to your utility bills increasing. So, make sure you aren’t operating an aged unit. Since the typical lifespan of an air conditioner is 10 to 15 years, a 10-year-old air conditioner has reached old age and may require replacement.

Taste: Uneven Temperatures Turn Your Comfort Sour

Your air conditioner’s job is to deliver uniform chilled relief throughout your entire home. You should be able to walk from room to room without losing an ounce of comfort. If you get a taste of hot and cold spots or uneven temperatures, it indicates your system needs a repair.

Touch: Stay in Touch With How Your Home’s Temp Actually Feels

Air conditioners are designed to keep your indoor space cool and humidity free. Your home’s humidity level tells a lot about the health of your air conditioner.

Humidity affects how the air actually feels because excess moisture causes your home to feel hotter. So, take notice of how your home actually feels. Then, compare it to the temperature on your thermostat. If they don’t align, it’s a clear indication that there’s a problem with your air conditioner. Leaky ductwork also can contribute to this problem.

Call Swanton Today!

Consider our team’s expertise your sixth sense. Using our training and expertise, we can sense your unit’s current condition and identify any problems. Then, we deliver a fast, reliable repair to get your system up and running in no time. To schedule an AC repair, contact us online or call us at 732.708.7926 today!

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